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.