Democrats are leading in Ohio’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races — suggesting a possible blue wave in a state that helped turn the tide for President Donald Trump in 2016, a new poll showed.
In the Suffolk University/Cincinnati Enquirer survey of likely midterm voters, Democrat Richard Cordray, former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, leads GOP Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine by 6 points in the race for governor — 46 percent to 40 percent — with 10 percent undecided.
The survey also showed incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has an 18-point lead over GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, 54 percent to 36 percent, with 10 percent undecided.
“The poll confirms our June findings that midterm voters are in a markedly different mood than they were when Ohio went for Trump in the 2016 presidential election,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Research Center in Boston.
"We could see low turnout among conservatives who see the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, perhaps the most consequential race, trailing by such a wide margin."
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
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