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Ohio Gov. John Kasich cruising to re-election: survey

Democratic opponent largely unknown

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is cruising to re-election this year because his Democratic challenger remains largely unknown in the Buckeye State, a new survey said.

The Quinnipiac University Poll found Mr. Kasich leads Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, 48-36 percent, compared to his 50-35 percent lead in a similar survey in May.

Men support the Republican candidate, 53-31 percent, while Mr. Kasich's lead among women is much more narrow, 43-41 percent.

Republicans back the incumbent, 92-2 percent, and independents favor him, 47-28 percent. Democrats favor Mr. FitzGerald, 78-9 percent.

Ohio voters approve of the job Mr. Kasich is doing, 55-31 percent, the survey found.

Asked about Mr. FitzGerald, 23 percent had a favorable opinion of him, 12 percent had an unfavorable view, and 65 percent didn't know enough about him to express a view.

"County Executive Ed FitzGerald is gaining little or no ground in his bid to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kasich. The Democratic nominee still has a long way to go with little more than three months until Election Day," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Almost two-thirds of registered voters don't know enough about FitzGerald to have an opinion of him. That's an awful lot of Ohioans who still have to be introduced to him," he said.

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