Polls show Ohio senate race too close to call before WFMJ-TV debate
Recent polls on the Ohio Senate race between Democratic candidate Tim Ryan and Republican candidate J.D. Vance appear to be too close to call.
The polling from numerous online sites all has the race within the margin of error, including RealClearPolitics, which had its latest poll from late September leaning slightly in Vance's favorite. The poll shows less than a 1-point spread and leaves the opportunity for undecided voters or crossover voters to possibly decide who will be Ohio's next Senator, replacing Republican Sen. Rob Portman.
With only 25 days until the election, there are 10 Senate races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida and Colorado that are very close. The fate of which political party controls the US Senate lies in the balance, and voters and media from around the US are watching the Ohio Senate Vance-Ryan race.
21 News reached out to political analyst Dr. William Binning, the long-time head of the Republican Party in Mahoning County about his thoughts on the Vance and Ryan campaigns. Binning said that while Vance is a rookie candidate, and in his opinion has made a few significant errors, Binning believes that while Ryan has run a good campaign, but Ohio is a Republican state, and feels Vance's campaign is not in jeopardy.
An AP story on Friday said that Democrats are pleading for help in the state's Senate contest, stating that the most powerful groups in Democratic politics have prioritized Senate pickup opportunities in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over Ohio, once a perennial swing state that veered right in the Trump era. But on the eve of the 2022 midterms, some public polls suggest Ohio is as competitive as the other swing states, leaving many Democrats here wondering why their party isn’t backing Senate contender Tim Ryan more forcefully.
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