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Poll: Democrats' Lead Expanding in Ohio

Among Ohio voters, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has opened a lead in a hypothetical, head-to-head matchup against former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

A new Quinnipiac University poll has Democrat Clinton ahead of Republican Giuliani 47 percent to 40 percent. The same candidates were tied in a similar survey last month.

Clinton also is out in front when paired with either Senator John McCain or another Republican, former Senator Fred Thompson.

And, the poll finds Clinton maintains a strong lead over Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic primary race. She has 44 percent to his 15 percent.

The pollsters questioned more than 1,400 Ohio voters.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.