(CNN) - The Republicans are in the driver's seat in Ohio's Senate and gubernatorial races, according to a new poll. And a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that Independent voters may be a key reason for the GOP's advantage.
Fifty-two percent of likely voters questioned in the poll back Ohio Republican Senate nominee Rob Portman, with 41 percent supporting Democrat Lee Fisher, the state's Lieutenant Governor. Portman is a former representative and a Bush administration budget director. The winner in November will succeed retiring Republican Sen. George Voinovich.
"Fisher is doing well in the Cleveland area, his home base, and he manages a tie with Portman in the northern industrial portions of the state. But Portman has a huge lead in the remaining regions of the state, including a 21-point edge in the Cincinnati area, where he comes from," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Portman also has a two-to-one advantage among Independents."
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the bitter campaign battle in Nevada between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle is deadlocked.
And according to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely voters in Nevada released Wednesday, Reid has an advantage among women while Angle leads among men.
Forty-two percent of people questioned in the poll are backing Angle, who enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement, with 41 percent backing Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate who's bidding for a fifth term in the chamber. Angle's one point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error. Five percent are supporting Scott Ashjian, who's running as a Tea Party candidate but who is shunned by many in the grassroots conservative moment, and 11 percent say they are voting for none of the candidates listed.
The poll indicates that Angle enjoys a seven point advantage among independent voters. The survey also suggests a strong gender divide.