Internal poll shows Mandel leading crowded Ohio Senate GOP primary

Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel is in the lead in a crowded GOP primary to replace Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE (R), according to an internal poll conducted by WPA Intelligence.

The poll published on Saturday shows Mandel is at 37 percent, with author and venture capitalist JD Vance in second at 13 percent. Another 26 percent of voters were undecided.

WPA Intelligence claims Mandel’s double-digit lead is due to his “consistent and unwavering support of President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE and the Trump America First agenda.”

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Investment banker Mike Gibbons came in third at 8 percent and former state GOP Chairman Jane Timken was in fourth at 6 percent. 

Other candidates in the poll include Matt Dolan and Bernie Moreno, who both came in at under 5 percent.

Most of the candidates are adamant Trump supporters who are working to get his endorsement for the race. Vance has said he regrets his criticism of Trump during the 2016 presidential race, which have become a point of attack for his primary challengers. 

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Two senior House Democrats to retire MORE and attorney Morgan Harper are battling in the Democratic primary for Portman’s spot. 

The poll was conducted from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.