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Poll Shows Portman's Lead Has Nearly Doubled Since August

Rob Portman and Ted Strickland

The latest independent poll on the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats shows the incumbent with a growing lead. 

The poll from Quinnipiac University gives Republican Rob Portman a 55 to 38 percent lead over his Democratic challenger, former governor Ted Strickland. That’s up from an 11 point lead in September, and nearly double the nine point lead Portman held in an August Quinnipiac poll.

The latest poll says Portman holds a commanding lead among likely male voters, and a slight lead among women, who tend to lean Democratic.

The October poll follows the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee canceling several weeks of TV ads, which many have seen as a sign they’re giving up on the race. A Quinnipiac pollster says at this point, the only people holding out hope for Strickland "are his family members."

Click here to see the entire Quinnipiac University poll.