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Emerson College Poll: Dead Heat in Ohio House Race

Emerson College Poll: Dead Heat in Ohio House Race

The House special election race in Ohio between Republican State Sen. Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor was in a dead heat Monday — a day before voters got to the polls, according to a new Emerson College survey.

Balderson and O'Connor, the Franklin County recorder, were tied at 47 percent each, with 7 percent of likely voters saying they remained undecided.

The survey of 431 voters was taken between Tuesday and Thursday, before President Donald Trump's rally in the district, in Lewis Center, near Columbus, on Saturday.

Other results include:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Balderson?

  • Favorable: 46 percent.
  • Unfavorable: 45 percent.

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of O'Connor?

  • Favorable: 44 percent.
  • Unfavorable: 41 percent.

Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump's performance in office?

  • Disapprove: 48 percent.
  • Approve: 47 percent.

Do you approve or disapprove of Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader?

  • Disapprove: 56 percent.
  • Approve: 22 percent.

Republicans are working feverishly to save the vacancy created when Rep. Pat Tiberi resigned in January to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.

At his Saturday rally, Trump called Balderson "really tough."

"He's really smart," the president said. "He never stops working."

Balderson pledged to support Trump's economic policies.

"If you want someone who will fight for President Trump's economic agenda, that is putting America back to work, then I need your help and I need your vote on Tuesday," he told voters.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have tweeted support for Balderson — and Pence has stumped in the Buckeye State on his behalf.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich also endorsed Balderson in a TV ad, and Donald Trump Jr. recorded a robocall, according to news reports.

The Emerson College poll has a margin of error of 5 percent.

Published at Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:24:43 +0000