Public Policy Polling, a Democratic, but well respected polling organization, today released additional numbers from their Ohio poll.  Their last poll in December showed freshman Senator Sherrod Brown in potentially deep trouble, running virtually neck and neck with a cast of potential challengers.

Brown, who in December was polling at 40%-43% given the GOP challenger, is now polling at the more comfortable 48%-49% range.  In addition, instead of the tied to eight point lead against the tested GOP challengers, Brown now sits on a comfortable and consistent fifteen to nineteen point lead.

The biggest casualty for the GOP crop of potential challengers?  Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.  Taylor is the best known of all the GOP challengers tested outside of Price is Right host/Cleveland native Drew Carey.  She went from a statistical tie (two points behind) in December to being 19 points down.  She ties Congressman Jim Jordan, also a rumored “top” prospect, as the worst performing GOP candidates PPP polled.

The best?  Drew Carey, but as PPP notes, that’s because Carey presently gets considerable support from Democrats, not Republicans.  Most Democrats probably aren’t aware of Carey’s extreme conservative/libertarian leanings. 

PPP pinpoints Taylor’s fall as a sudden shift in Independents being split between Taylor and Brown to decidedly Brown by an 18-point margin.  Party unity among Democrats, including conservative Democrats has galvanized to levels not seen since 2008.

Yep, Josh Mandel does poorly in the poll, too, conservatives.  As PPP stated it:

“Sherrod Brown appears to be in a much stronger position now than he was just three months ago,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “There’s been a very significant shift in the Ohio political landscape toward the Democrats.”

Yes, there could be another shift in an election twenty months away.  But the main takeaway is that SB 5 may have single-handedly cost Mary Taylor any chance of being a Senate contender next year.

Remember that many Columbus insiders believed that Taylor ran on Kasich’s ticket with the express purpose of positioning herself for a Senate run in 2012.

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  • teach1

    Maybe people are finally waking up!!!!

  • “Remember that many Columbus insiders believed that Taylor ran on Kasich’s ticket with the express purpose of positioning herself for a Senate run in 2012.”

    So, Mary.. how’s that workin’ for ya?

  • Anonymous

    More PPP data: Taylor does the WORST of the GOP candidates polled with FEMALE voters (granted its within statistically insignificant margins.)

  • Greg Soper

    I wish Shannon Jones would run- I would love to see how she is polling

  • David from Hilliard

    With what this statehouse crowd has done, led by Kasich, by 2012, Republicans won’t be able to run a fart from a can of baked beans.

  • Anonymous

    I recall wondering, during the gubernatorial campaign, if perhaps Mary Taylor was a mute, because as close attention as I paid to the race, I never heard her utter a single word in public or on TV. Maybe I missed something. I decided she was just a plant to get the female vote (some politicians, after all, will cynically take on a female running mate thinking that all women will blindly vote for a woman — how enlightened).

    She was sort of a stepford-runningmate. Pretty and dum(b).

    Well Mary, you hitched yourself to the wrong star, and now it’s falling. Looks like it’s city council, school board — or, gasp, a real job — from here on out.

    Best of luck at Koch Industries. At least John and Scott will be there with you.

  • Jonna

    What is really sad about the whole “female to get female vote” thing? I know a woman that actually SWITCHED votes/support from Obama to McCain because Palin was a woman…yes, I know right?

    I hope the rest of Ohioans weren’t that stupid. Even if they do have buyer’s remorse over something that should have been plain as day during the election.

  • Cct1159

    Sounds like Taylor has been subscribing to the “Hopey Changey” thing…Neither Hoping to or Changing Elected Offices is in her future…..

  • Guest

    I was at a business event last month where Mary Taylor was the keynote speaker. I was stunned how bad she was.
    Her speech was so bland and general. She never even mentioned any of Kasich’s initiatives (this was during the SB5 protests) and that would actually have gone over well in that room. I do remember her saying something about bi-partisan input to solve Ohio’s problems; that was when I mentally checked out.
    The crowd was allowed to ask questions, and after 4 pointless answers, they gave up. This was a pro-business event in a R-leaning area and the room didn’t even give her a standing ovation when she was done.

  • saywhat

    I’m sure Drew Carey would have as much success as a senator as he did peddling Buzz Beer on his TV show

  • Anonymous

    How do these people get as far along as they do? It’s mind-boggling. Your story reminds me of Palin having notes written on her hand. I mean, ON HER HAND, for God’s sake. Is this an elementary-school civics class?

    A national figure, nearly elected Vice President of the United States, appearing at a large televised public event for which she was paid something like $100,000 to discuss policy, and she peeks at her HAND right in the middle of the discussion.

    What possibly went through her mind when she prepared for this gig? She’s like a fourth-grader. A dishonest, lazy and sneaky fourth-grader. The one who’s neck you want to wring because he’s such a turd.

    Do the Republicans have a stable somewhere (Wasilla?) where they raise these people? Bachmann, Palin, Kasich, Walker, Taylor. Quite a crop.

    This is the only country where blind arrogance and selfish ambition is really all you need. You see it on every scale. I have bosses whose IQ’s have to be well under 100, yet they are so damned PROUD of themselves. I guess it’s one way to live.

    Does this happen in other countries? I’m a bit sheltered.

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