“There’s no better proof of just how strong Ted Strickland’s campaign is than the millions of dollars Sen. Portman and his special interest allies are dumping into Ohio to tear Ted down,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue in a statement. The party calculated that $9.4 million has been already spent against Strickland with 14 months to go before election day.
Portman campaign manager Corry Bliss said in a written statement: “We’re eager to compare Rob’s record fighting to expand Ohio opportunities for better paying jobs with Gov. Strickland’s awful tenure in office when Ohio ranked 48th in job creation and lost over 350,000 jobs.”
Kasich, who is running for president, has a job approval rating of 61-28 percent, which matches his all-time high rating. Eighty-four percent of GOP voters like him, 62 percent of men and 60 percent of women approve of the job he is doing while Democrats are divided, 46-44 percent.
The poll surveyed 1,096 Ohio voters on cell phones and land lines from Aug. 7 to Aug. 18. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.