Ohio Governor: Kasich (R) 50%, Strickland (D) 43%

Rasmussen Reports

Republican John Kasich continues to hold a modest lead over incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland in the Ohio gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Ohio Voters, with leaners included, finds Kasich with 50% support to Strickland’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Ohio remains Leans GOP on the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Late last month, Kasich posted a 52% to 40% lead when leaners were included. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate. From this point forward, Rasmussen Reports considers results with leaners the primary indicator of the race.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Kasich supporters say they are already certain how they will vote on Election Day, as are 74% of those who favor Strickland.

When leaners are removed from the totals, Kasich leads 48% to 40%. In the previous survey, he led 47% to 39% minus leaners.

Kasich, an investment banker and former congressman, now earns 88% of the Republican vote in the state. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Ohio Democrats support Strickland. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the GOP candidate leads by more than 20 points.

This survey was taken prior to the first debate between the candidates Tuesday night.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Ohio was conducted on September 13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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