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A contested governor's race. A contested Senate race. Sounds familiar.

Our friends next door in Ohio have their primary on Tuesday, and here's the latest polling from Quinnipiac via our sister paper the Toledo Blade:

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland maintains a slim lead over Republican challenger John Kasich among potential Ohio voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll released yesterday.

The Democratic incumbent, who is seeking a second term, leads Mr. Kasich 44 percent to 38 percent in the poll. The results are just outside the poll's margin of error of 2.5 percentage points and mark the governor's strongest position since last September, when he had a 10-point lead.

. . . In hypothetical contests, the poll has each of the two Democrats vying for their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary election for U.S. Senate locked in statistical dead heats with Republican former congressman Rob Portman in November. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher leads Mr. Portman 40 percent to 37 percent while Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner's lead is 40 percent to 36 percent. Both remain within the poll's margin of error.


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