(CNN) – A new poll indicates that Republican challenger John Kasich holds a 6-point advantage over Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio's gubernatorial contest, a race that's captured national headlines thanks to the numerous appearances by top flight surrogates.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 49 percent of likely voters in Ohio support Kasich, a former congressman, with 43 percent backing Strickland, a former congressman who was elected governor in 2006. Kasich's six point advantage is within the poll's sampling error. Kasich's margin is also down from a 10 point lead held in a Quinnipiac poll released about a week ago.
Surveys from CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation and University of Cincinnati released last week both indicated the race was deadlocked.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll, Kasich leads 93 to 4 percent among Republicans and 47 to 42 percent margin among independent voters while Strickland leads 86 to 11 percent among Democrats. Seven percent of all likely voters remain undecided.
"The race in the last week will target undecided voters and voters who could change their mind," says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Top Democrats, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama, have campaigned with Strickland in Ohio. The president and vice president return Sunday for a Democratic party rally. Top Republicans have teamed up with Kasich in Ohio.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted October 18-24, with 686 likely voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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