PPP's new Ohio poll finds that Ted Strickland and Rob Portman are both overwhelming favorites in their primary elections next week, and headed for a tight general election battle in the Senate race. Strickland is getting 50% in the Democratic Senate primary to 16% for P.G. Sittenfeld, and 6% for Kelli Prather. Strickland is generally popular with Democratic voters (57/21) favorability, while Sittenfeld still hasn't managed to make himself all that well known. 63% of voters have no opinion about him one way or the other. On the Republican side Portman is getting 60% to just 7% for challenger Don Eckhart. Republicans aren't in love with Portman- only a 53/24 approval rating among primary voters- but he doesn't have anything to worry about Tuesday.
The general election is tight, with Strickland getting 41% to Portman's 40%. Portman and Strickland have very similar images with voters in the state. Portman's approval comes in at 35/38, while Strickland's favorability comes in at 35/39. Even after years of prominence for both in Ohio politics, there are a fair number of voters who don't know what to think about them. It's kind of beside the point, but Portman would lead Sittenfeld by 12 points at 42/30.
Democrats are looking pretty good for the general election for President in Ohio- as long as John Kasich doesn't end up somehow snagging the nomination. Hillary Clinton leads Marco Rubio 44/41, and both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump 45/40- leads that are pretty well in line with how much Barack Obama won the state by in 2008 and 2012. Bernie Sanders does comparably well, leading Rubio 42/38, Trump 44/40, and Cruz 44/38. It's a whole different ballgame with Kasich though. Unlike Rubio who's become incredibly unpopular at home over the course of his Presidential bid, Kasich has remained very popular with a 54/36 approval spread. He leads Clinton 52/37 and Sanders 54/34 in head to heads.
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