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BLOG: Are Republicans "on the rise" in Ohio?

Tom Jackson • Sep 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Chris Wilson calls attention to a recent poll on his blog, noting that a CNN/Time poll of likely voters in Ohio shows Republican Rob Portman up over Democrat Lee Fisher, 52 percent to 41 percent in the Senate race among likely voters, and Republican John Kasich up over Democrat Ted Strickland, 51 percent to 44 percent. 

Wilson is not a neutral observer — he's a Republican strategist from Oklahoma whom I've known for years — but I noticed that the FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times predicts Portman over Fisher 52.5 percent to 44.9 percent on election day. It displays a number of recent polls showing Fisher trailing Portman. Real Clear Politics shows various polls giving Kasich the lead.

The latest news on the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party scandal in Cleveland can't be helpful to the Democratic cause.

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