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The race for Ohio’s next U.S. senator remains tight as a new poll Monday shows Republican nominee JD Vance and Democratic nominee Rep. Tim Ryan neck and neck just eight weeks before the midterm elections in November.
The poll, conducted by USA Today Network Ohio and Suffolk University between Sept. 5 and Sept. 7, shows Ryan slightly ahead with 46.6% of likely voters to Vance’s 45.6%, well within the poll’s plus or minus 4, 4 percentage point margin of error.
Only 6% of likely voters are still undecided, while 1.4% say they will vote for someone else.
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Fox News’ Power Rankings has rated the race as “likely Republican,” but with a lot of attention expected to be paid to the state nationwide as Republicans hope to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats, who currently hold a 50-50 majority with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie vote.
According to the poll, 53% of likely voters disapprove of the job President Biden is doing, while only 41.8% approve.
Biden’s poor approval rating complicates matters for Ryan, who has largely avoided the president on the campaign trail despite voting for his administration’s agenda 100% of the time as a member of the House of Representatives, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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Ryan appeared with Biden at the groundbreaking for a new Intel factory in Ohio on Friday.
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