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Poll Shows Tie In Ohio Governor's Race

Reported: Apr. 16, 2014 9:47 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 17, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Heath Harrison) – A new poll released this week shows close races for two of the top offices on the ballot in Ohio’s general election this fall.

In the governor’s race, incumbent Republican John Kasich is tied with likely Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, with 44 percent each. 11 percent of respondents were undecided.

Kasich was elected in 2010, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland in a year that saw Republican gains nationwide.

His approval rating dropped significantly after signing a bill in March 2011 limiting collective bargain for public employees. The bill was repealed by voters in a referendum later that year. Kasich’s approval rating has seen an improvement since the repeal.

In the secretary of state race, Democratic challenger and state Sen, Nina Turner narrowly leads incumbent Republican Jon Husted, 45 to 44 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

The survey of 1,050 Ohio voters was conducted from April 14-15 and released on Wednesday.

PPP polls for Democratic campaigns and organizations on a private basis. It was ranked the most accurate pollster of 2012 in a Fordham study of surveys for that year’s elections.

-- Pictured: Kasich, Fitzgerald



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