- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is coasting to re-election against his largely unknown Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll Wednesday that gives the Republican a 22-point lead among likely voters.

Pollsters said Mr. Kasich even grabs support from 25 percent of Democratic voters, a bad sign for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and his long-shot bid to unseat the incumbent.

Election day is five weeks away, and more than three in four Ohio voters say they’ve decided who they’ll vote for, while 22 percent say the might change their minds.

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who hit some bumps in the road early in his first term, looks like he’s on a freeway to an easy re-election victory,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Not only is Gov. Kasich getting a healthy share of Democrats, but he also has a double-digit lead among women, something almost unheard of in this era of the gender gap.”

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