New polling shows Brown, DeWine with leads in Ohio

New polling shows Brown, DeWine with leads in Ohio
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Biden calls Intel's B investment to build chip factories a tool for economic recovery Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump MORE (D-Ohio) is leading his Republican opponent, Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio Democrats announce gubernatorial running mates On The Trail: Trump-inspired challengers target GOP governors Trump seeking to oust Republican Alabama governor over canceled rally: report MORE (R), by a whopping 17-point margin, according to a Baldwin Wallace University poll released Tuesday.

That same poll shows Ohio's Republican attorney general, Mike DeWine, with a much more narrow 41.8-37 percent lead over Democrat Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in the race to succeed Gov. John Kasich (R).

Brown, a two-term incumbent, is among a handful of Senate Democrats running for reelection this year in a state that President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE won in 2016.

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The survey shows Brown with 49.2 percent support among likely Ohio voters, while Renacci garners 31.8 percent support.

Another 19.1 percent remain undecided, giving Renacci some room to close the gap. 

"In both races, the outcomes will hinge on how late-deciding voters break on election day," Tom Sutton, the director of the Community Research Institute at Baldwin Wallace University, said. 

Polls have consistently shown DeWine and Cordray, who left his post at the CFPB last year just before announcing his gubernatorial bid, locked in a tight race.

The Baldwin Wallace University survey also showed that a little more than 21 percent of respondents remain undecided on how they would vote in the gubernatorial race.

Republicans entered 2018 with an advantageous electoral map in the Senate. More than two dozen Democratic incumbents in the chamber are defending their seats this year, including 10 in states won by Trump in 2016.

But the party has still found itself with a narrow path to retaining the majority, as states like Tennessee and Arizona are eyed as prime pickup opportunities and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R) has found himself in an increasingly competitive race against Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 Cruz bullish on his 2024 chances: 'The runner-up is almost always the next nominee' MORE (D) in deep-red Texas.

The Cook Political Report, an election handicapper, currently rates the Ohio Senate race as "lean Democrat" and the governor's race as a toss-up.

The Baldwin Wallace University poll surveyed 1,048 likely Ohio voters from Sept. 5-15. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.