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 Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary MORE (D-Ohio) is leading his Republican midterm challenger Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciGovernors' races see flood of pro-Trump candidates Former House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Republicans seek to sink Jan. 6 commission 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 McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' 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.