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Poll: Republican and Democrat tied for Ohio governor

Poll: Republican and Democrat tied for Ohio governor
© Greg Nash

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayConsumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau MORE are tied in the gubernatorial race to replace Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), according to a new NBC News/Marist College poll

Forty-seven percent of Ohio registered and likely voters said they would vote for DeWine while 47 percent said they would vote for Cordray if the race were held today. One percent of voters identified as "other" while 6 percent reported being undecided.

This marks a shift since the poll was last administered in June. Forty-three percent of registered voters said they would vote for Cordray in June compared to 42 percent of voters backing DeWine. Two percent of voters said their option would be "other" while 11 percent said they were undecided.

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Baldwin Wallace University poll last week showed DeWine, Ohio's attorney general, with a narrow 41.8-37 percent lead over Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The candidates have similar favorability ratings among likely voters in the latest NBC poll. Forty-four percent of likely voters view Cordray favorably compared to 47 for DeWine.

Ohio's gubernatorial race is more competitive than the Senate race, where Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownRare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE (D-Ohio) holds a double-digit lead over Republican Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciLobbying world Ohio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE (Ohio).