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Sunday, March 26

U.S. Sen: DeWine (R) and Brown (D) Overwhelm Opponents in Poll

The new Columbus Dispatch poll unsurprisingly shows incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine (R) and front-running challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) each with a huge lead over their primary opponents. The remarkable aspect of the poll is the large percentage of undecided voters. On DeWine's part this appears to reflect the dissatisfaction of the exteme conservatives in his base, arising inter alia from his role in the "Gang of 14" (moderate Senators from both parties who defused the crisis over filibuster of Supreme Court nominees last year) and his occasional votes against drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. For Brown it suggests negative reaction to the ugly departure of Paul Hackett from the Democratic Senate primary, unless his statewide name recognition from his prior tenure as Secretary of State is a lot less than has been claimed. More discussion of this poll over at Buckeye State Blog.

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