Poll finds Kerry, Bush are close in Ohio



COLUMBUS (AP) -- The race between President Bush and John Kerry would be too close to call in Ohio if the election were held now, according to an Ohio Poll of likely voters released today.
The poll, sponsored and conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research, found that 48 percent of likely Ohio voters supported Kerry, a Democrat, while 46 percent favored Bush, a Republican.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who filed petitions Wednesday for a spot on the Ohio ballot, drew 1 percent. One percent favored other candidates and 4 percent were undecided.
The telephone poll of 812 likely Ohio voters was conducted Aug. 11-17. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points, meaning that neither major candidate has an indisputable lead.
Ohio is seen as a critical state for both candidates. No Republican has won the White House without Ohio and only two Democrats have done so since 1900, the last being John F. Kennedy in 1960.

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