Rasmussen: Kasich 47%, Strickland 41%
And John Kasich leads the unwashed independents by 16%!:
The story’s the same again this month in the Ohio gubernatorial contest, with Republican challenger John Kasich holding a modest lead over incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Kasich leading Strickland 47% to 41%. Faced with that match-up, five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.
Last month, Kasich posted a 47% to 40% lead over Strickland and in early December was ahead 48% to 39%.
Republican Rob Portman also still has narrow leads over his two chief Democratic opponents for the seat being vacated by GOP Senator George Voinovich in Ohio.
Kasich carries male voters by 23 points over Strickland, while the first-term governor holds a 10-point lead among female voters.
Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties prefer Kasich by 16 points.