New Poll Finds Kasich Beats Clinton In Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A day after a Quinnipiac University poll showed Donald Trump besting Gov. John Kasich in Ohio, a new poll shows Kasich as the strongest in Ohio against Hillary Clinton.

The poll, released this morning, shows the Republican governor besting the former U.S. secretary of state and by a margin of 54% to 37%, including 57% to 27% among independents. He also tops U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 54% to 35%, including 51% to 33% among independent voters.

The poll “serves as a stark reminder for Republicans who want to win the White House that Gov. Kasich is far and away the best candidate to carry Ohio in November,” Kasich’s campaign said this morning.

Getting to Nov. 8 remains a challenge for Kasich in the primaries where Trump has dominated. The real estate magnate last night won the Nevada caucuses, his third win in the four GOP contests to date.

Trump’s win last night brings his delegate count to 81, compared to the six Kasich has received, according to RealClearPolitics.com. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, dealing Trump his only loss.

Most other potential November match-ups, according to the Quinnipiac poll, are too close to call:

  • Trump has a 44% to 42% edge over Clinton.
  • Cruz 46%, Clinton’s 43%.
  • Rubio 47%, Clinton 42%.
  • Trump and Sanders were tied at 44%%.
  • Sanders 44%, Cruz 42%.
  • Rubio 44%, Sanders 42%.

“The four leading Republican candidates either tie or lead former Secretary Clinton in Ohio, considered the best microcosm of the national electorate and a must-win for the GOP. Republicans have never won the White House without carrying Ohio,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, fares only slightly better against the Republicans.”

In the race for the U.S. Senate from Ohio, incumbent Republican Rob Portman trails former Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democrat, 42% to 44%. Portman tops Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, 48% to 29%.

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