A new poll shows that with just days left before the midterm election, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is struggling to convince Ohioans to send him back to the U.S. Senate for a third term.
Brown polled 46 percent to Republican challenger Jim Renacci’s 37 percent, according to Gravis Marketing, while a whopping 17 percent of those polled were still undecided.
The poll surveyed 789 likely voters between Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.
The Gravis poll found Brown’s job-approval rating at only 37 percent in Ohio, compared to President Trump’s 46 percent approval rating, according to Gravis.
Another poll conducted just two days earlier by Emerson College showed Brown at 49 percent and Renacci at 43 percent with only 3 percent undecided.
Typically at this stage in a campaign an incumbent senator with widespread name recognition and a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage would like to see his polling numbers above 50 percent, said Leslie Shedd, senior communications adviser for Renacci.
“Sherrod Brown is the fourth most liberal senator in Washington who votes with Chuck Schumer and the Democrats 97 percent of the time,” Shedd said. “He’s completely out of touch with Ohio voters and the only hope he had of winning in November was his significant money advantage. But after spending more than $13 million on ads, it turns out the people of Ohio still don’t want to re-elect Brown.”
Renacci has focused his message on representing “Ohio and Ohioans first,” saying his opponent is a “career politician who puts Washington first.”
Brown has raised $27.7 million compared to $7.7 million raised by Renacci, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Renacci, a CPA and congressman representing Ohio’s Sixteenth District, is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and in favor of Trump’s tax bill. He also is in favor of building a wall on the U.S. southern border.
Brown has painted his opponent as “in the pocket of the insurance companies and drug companies” while campaigning on a platform of government-paid healthcare, restrictions on certain gun rights, and espousing pro-choice and pro-amnesty positions, views he defended during recent debates.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.