Sherrod Brown tops GOP challenger by 17 points in Ohio Senate poll

Sherrod Brown tops GOP challenger by 17 points in Ohio Senate poll
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices could offer a way forward in fight against mushrooming costs MORE (D-Ohio) is leading his Republican midterm challenger Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciElection Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Ohio Senate candidate pledges to serve no more than two terms Rick Scott's Senate bid sets quarterly fundraising record for 2018 election cycle MORE (Ohio), according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Fifty-one percent of those polled expressed support for Brown, while 34 percent said they would back Renacci. 

The survey found that 58 percent of women supported Brown, while only 25 percent of women said they were behind Renacci. 

Brown also enjoys high favorability in the Buckeye State, with 55 percent of Ohio voters approving of his job as senator. 

Twenty-two percent of voters said they have a favorable view of Renacci. However, Quinnipiac noted that 50 percent of those polled said they did not know enough about the congressman to form an opinion. 

The poll comes as Republicans work to defend both houses of Congress from Democratic gains in November's midterm elections. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) revealed last month that he believes Republicans could make a pitch for Brown's seat. 

“I saw a survey within the last week in Ohio indicating that race is very competitive. I would certainly add Ohio to the list,” McConnell told The Hill of states where Republicans plan to compete.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from June 7-12 among 1,082 Ohio voters. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.