Politics digest: Portman widens lead over Strickland in new poll

New poll: Portman has double-digit lead


Incumbent Republican Rob Portman has jumped to an 18-point lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland in their race for the U.S. Senate, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday.

Portman was up 56 percent-38 percent over Ohio’s former governor among 589 likely voters. The results had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Portman also had double-digit leads among women, men and independent voters.

Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges the opinions of Ohioans and voters in other swing states on candidates and issues.

Voter-fraud probe expands in Pa.


Less than a week after searching the Delaware County office of a Democratic grass-roots organization for evidence of voter-registration fraud, state police Thursday raided a second office — this one in Philadelphia.

Agents executed the warrant at FieldWorks LLC’s office in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia after 5 p.m., seeking, among other things, forms that could be used to “construct fraudulent voter registration forms” and “completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms,” court documents show.

As in the raid last week in Norwood, the latest search warrant said investigators were seeking to prove “tampering with public records or information” and violations of a federal act that regulates military and overseas ballots.

Melania would focus on fighting bullying


Melania Trump says that, if she becomes first lady, she’d focus on combatting online bullying as part of her work as an advocate for women and children.

The wife of Donald Trump said Thursday in a rare appearance on the campaign trail that, “Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers.” She spoke at a rally outside Philadelphia.

She said that it’s “absolutely unacceptable” when children are mocked, bullied and attacked.

Her goals may seem at odds with her husband, who has a long history of using Twitter to insult people. She said: “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other.”


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