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The crowded race for the Republican Senate nomination has changed somewhat in recent polls, with Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons taking the lead in two recent polls.
A FOX News poll, taken March 2-6, had Gibbons leading with 22% of voters, followed by former frontrunner, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel at 20%. Venture capitalist and author of Hillbilly Elegy JD Vance was third with 11%, former Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken was fourth with 9% and State Senator Matt Dolan was third. fifth, with 7%.
The survey showed room for further change in the field, with 24% of voters undecided.
The survey was conducted among 918 Republican voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.
Gibbons’ lead, within the margin of error, comes after the candidate launched a major television ad campaign in the state. An investment banker and founder of Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, he previously ran unsuccessfully for his party’s nomination in 2018 to challenge US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
Gibbons also led in an Emerson College poll, conducted Feb. 25-26, with 22%. Mandel came second at 15%, Vance third at 8%, followed by Timken and Dolan at 6% each. 39% of voters were undecided.
Emerson also polled the Democratic primary, finding U.S. Representative Tim Ryan leading with 31%. No other candidate in this field has hit double digits.
The candidates are running to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is retiring after two terms. Portman backed Timken in the race last month.
The Republican side of Emerson’s poll polled 410 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of +/-4.8%. The Democratic side of the poll polled 313 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of +/-5.5%.