February 2, 2024

Dem Sen. Brown Losing Ground in Latest Polls in Ohio, GOP Seeks to Flip Seat

According to a poll released on Thursday, Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's lead over his three Republican challengers has narrowed since November, ranging from 2 to 8 points.

In Emerson College's previous poll on the Ohio Senate race, Brown held a 10-point lead over businessman Bernie Moreno, a 5-point lead over Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and a 3-point lead over state Senator Matt Dolan.

The latest January survey from Emerson College indicates that Brown's lead has diminished to just 1 point over Dolan, and he holds a 2-point advantage over both Moreno and LaRose in potential head-to-head general election matchups.

The poll revealed that 42% of GOP primary voters remain undecided. Among the Republican candidates, Moreno leads with 22% support, followed closely by LaRose at 21% and Dolan at 15%.

Moreno, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, experienced a 12-point increase in support for the Republican primary on March 19.

Expressing gratitude for the grassroots support, Moreno stated, "Republicans in every corner of our state know that I am the candidate with the message and resources to unite our party and defeat Sherrod Brown in November."

Brown's Senate seat, held since 2007, is considered a "Toss Up" by The Cook Political Report, alongside other closely contested Senate races in Montana and Arizona.

Brown outperformed his GOP challengers in fourth-quarter fundraising, raising $6.6 million and entering the election year with $14.6 million cash on hand.

In the Republican camp, LaRose reported the highest sum during the same period with $812,539, while Moreno and Dolan had $800,295 and $357,652, respectively. However, by year-end, Dolan and Moreno had significantly more campaign cash, with $4.8 million and $2 million, respectively.

Responding to the poll, a spokesperson for the LaRose campaign, Ben Kindel, emphasized the desire for a "battle-tested conservative" like Frank LaRose, stating, "Ohioans are struggling under the failed policies of Sherrod Brown and Joe Biden."

The survey also indicated that in Ohio, Trump leads Biden 47% to 36%, with both maintaining their leads in their respective party fields according to RealClearPolitics averages. Trump holds a 1.7-point lead over Biden in a potential head-to-head matchup in November.

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