Republican Rob Portman leads Democrat Lee Fisher 45% to 39% in the latest Rasmssen poll for the US Senate seat in Ohio.
The economy and lack of jobs is the hot button topic for Ohio voters in the 2010 midterms. According to Rasmussen, only 6% of Ohio voters characterize the economy as good, while 54% say it’s bad. Also, 27% think the economy is getting better, but 48% say it’s getting worse. It also appears that Obama’s job approval is going down in Ohio as it is presently at 46%, down 3% from last month.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Ohio finds Republican candidate Rob Portman with 45% of the vote while Democrat Lee Fisher earns 39% support this month. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and 11% more are undecided.
These results are little changed from late last month when Portman held a 43% to 39% advantage.
This is the seventh consecutive survey to find Portman’s support in the narrow range of 42% to 44%. Over that same time frame, Fisher has earned 38% to 43% of the vote. The two men were tied in May and June following the winning of their respective party primaries.
A Republican victory in Ohio for the retiring George Voinovich would represent a hold for the GOP, necessary for any chance of taking over control of the US Senate in 2010.