Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is leading hypothetical matchups with his potential GOP rivals in Ohio’s Senate race as he tries for reelection in 2024, new polling shows.
An Emerson College Polling/WJW-TV Fox 8 Cleveland survey of Ohio voters found Brown leading 42 percent to 32 percent in a matchup with Republican businessman Bernie Moreno, a 10-point difference.
Against Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Brown leads by 5 points, with 41 percent to LaRose’s 36 percent. Back in October, LaRose was up by one point.
The closest matchup tested in the poll was against state Sen. Matt Dolan (R), but Brown still pulled ahead with 41 percent to Dolan’s 38 percent.
Support for Brown grew by at least three points in each matchup compared to October polling.
Republicans are readying for a competitive primary as the party looks to unseat the Democratic incumbent next year.
Dolan ran for Ohio’s other Senate seat in last year’s midterms, but lost in the Republican primary to JD Vance, who had the backing of former President Trump and went on to win in the general election.
Moreno also ran for the Senate in the midterms but dropped out of the primary. He now has Trump’s backing.
The new polling also shows Trump beating President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 presidential matchup in Ohio, which he won in both 2016 and 2020. Trump got 50 percent to Biden’s 38 percent, with 12 percent undecided in the new poll.
“While Trump outperforms his 2020 vote in Ohio, Brown still leads the Republican candidates, though within the poll’s margin of error,” Kimball said. “About 1 in 10 2024 Trump voters plan to split their ticket and vote for Brown in the Senate matchup against any of the three leading Republican candidates.”
The Emerson College Polling/Nexstar Media Ohio poll was conducted November 10-13 among 1,000 registered voters, with a credibility interval of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
WJW-TV Fox 8 Cleveland and The Hill are both owned by Nexstar Media Group.
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Author: Julia Mueller