The surveys we did over the summer testing possible Democratic opponents against George Voinovich are particularly relevant now that he's announced he will not seek reelection.
Here are how six possible candidates stacked up in our hypothetical polling:
-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner led Voinovich 42-38 when we polled her in July.
-Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher had a 40-38 edge over him in August.
-Congressman Tim Ryan was knotted up with him in a June survey.
-Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman trailed the Senator 39-37 in July.
-Voinovich held a 37-32 lead over Congresswoman Betty Sutton in June.
-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson had the greatest deficit, 42-32, when we surveyed it in August.
PPP will go into the field with a poll later this week looking at the 2010 Buckeye State Senate picture in this post-Voinovich world. My initial thoughts are to test Lee Fisher and Tim Ryan against Rob Portman and...who? Suggestions are welcome.