Raleigh, N.C. – The Ohio Senate race has tightened a bit in the last month, but incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown maintains a high single-digit advantage over his Republican challenger, State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Brown leads 48-40 among likely voters, down a tick from the 47-37 margin PPP found in early August.
The closure is due mostly to voters souring on Brown and growing a little fonder of Mandel as they get to know him better. 42% approve and 44% disapprove of Brown’s job performance, versus 41-37 in the last survey. Mandel is seen favorably by a third and unfavorably by 44%, a bump from 26-42 last time. While Brown is not a particularly popular figure, Mandel is one of the weakest Republican candidates in the country.