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 BrownSherrod Brown says he's 'not actively considering' running for president Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens MORE (D-Ohio) is leading his Republican midterm challenger Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciSherrod Brown says he's 'not actively considering' running for president Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls New polling shows Brown, DeWine with leads in Ohio 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. 

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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 McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal 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.