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Kasich and Strickland come down to the wire in Ohio

John Kasich (left) and Gov. Strickland battle on eve of gubernatorial election.
John Kasich (left) and Gov. Strickland battle on eve of gubernatorial election.
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On Election Eve, Republican challenger John Kasich and Democrat incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland remain locked in a close race for Ohio's top political position. The latest polling shows Kasich holding on to a narrow lead that he has maintained throughout much of this election.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Ohio voters shows Kasich with 48% support, while Strickland earns 44% of the vote. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Kasich's has held on to this narrow, yet consistent lead for several months. Two weeks ago, Kasich held a three-point lead, 48% to 45%, the closest the race has been since early August and Strickland’s best showing since May. This is now the sixth straight survey to show Kasich’s support between 47% and 50%. Strickland has picked up 39% to 45% of the vote in those same polls.

The Rasmussen Poll seems to be representative of most polls. Realclearpolitics.com shows an average lead for former U.S. Representative John Kasich of 2.3% in major polls.

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