Strickland needs epic push to win, poll shows


Republican gubernatorial challenger John Kasich is maintaining his lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland among likely voters questioned by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Kasich held a 51 percent-41 percent lead over Strickland, statistically unchanged from Quinnipiac’s poll two weeks ago.

“John Kasich’s lead has remained the same, and the sand is slipping through the hour glass,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the institute, said in a released statement. If Gov. Ted Strickland is going to turn this election around, he needs to do it quickly. But the obvious question is, “What can Strickland do in the two weeks before Election Day that he has been unable to do so far?”

Brown added, “Anything is possible in politics, but if Gov. Strickland is able to pull out a victory, it will take the kind of final drive that makes history.”

Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioan’s opinions of candidates and issues.

It polled 1,188 likely voters in the state over the past week on the gubernatorial race and President Barack Obama’s actions in office.

The results have a margin of error of about 3 percent.

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