Update: Of course the hardest working man in the OH politicoblogginsphere had this up 3 days ago – and some comments as well. One commenter pointed out this quote from a recent Molly Ivins Progressive article:

This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.

Indeed….

The good news? Most in Ohio are leaning away from Republicans, both statewide and nationally.

The bad news? Sherrod Brown is getting pounded!

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With eight months until the 2006 mid-term elections, Ohio is
witnessing heated contests in both the senatorial and gubernatorial races. A recent poll conducted by Suffolk University finds this battleground state leaning against Republicans both at home and nationally, despite a healthy showing by incumbent U.S. Senator Michael DeWine.

Even more telling is the fact that it is NOT just Dems. D – 23% R – 19% I/U – 57%

Voters say Ohio on wrong track and the country on the wrong track.

Perhaps most telling is that 62 percent of likely Ohio voters believe Ohio is on the wrong track and 65 percent similarly think that the country is on the wrong track. More than four in ten respondents are not supportive of the war in Iraq and a third would give President George W. Bush a grade of “F.” In contrast, Congressional Democrats received a failing grade from only 12 percent of those polled. Looking ahead to 2008, 41 percent said they would support a Democrat for President, while only 27 percent said they would support a Republican.

Now…why can’t Sherrod take advantage of that? Sheds more light on the Hackett/Brown poll that talked about what voters thought once their messages got out…and that didn’t include I’s and U’s. Wow. Game over in the Senate race:

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Michael DeWine held a comfortable 51-35 percent lead over Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown.

Holy pounding batman…that’s 16 points!

Details of the poll here in pdf format.

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