COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – There are only a few days left for you to cast your vote in this year’s midterm election, and the U.S. Senate race between Republican JD Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan has been in a statistical dead heat for much of the campaign. But two recent polls show one candidate taking a lead as they make their final arguments on the campaign trail.
“Ohioans with me are going to have a straight shooter, they’re going to have someone who tells them the truth and they’re going to have someone who works in their best interest,” Ryan said. “And that may not always be a democratic proposal.”
“I think you just have to be who you are and accept that at the end of the day some people are going to disagree with you on some fundamental issues,” Vance said.
In an NBC4-Emerson College-The Hill poll from the start of October, Vance held less than a one-point lead, with 8.5% of voters still undecided.
But polling conducted by Emerson College between October 30 and November 1 shows that 51% percent of Ohio voters support Vance and 43% percent support Ryan. In this poll, only 4% of voters are still undecided.
“I consider JD Vance strong on the border, strong on crime, strong on core American values,” voter Landon Wolfe said. “So, I definitely voted JD Vance on that one.”
“We like Tim Ryan because he covers a variety of issues, it isn’t all cut taxes,” voter Peg Kelley said. “He actually thinks of more policies and sometimes he goes one way sometimes another depending on the policy and that’s what I like.”
Polling conducted by FiveThirtyEight has also shown a statistical dead heat for much of the campaign, with the lead between candidates rotating, but as of November 4, Vance has a 3.9-point lead.
“The inflation problem, the crime problem, the border problem, these are the fruits of the policies of the last couple years,” Vance said. “If people like that then maybe they should vote for someone else but if people want to take the country in a different direction, they’ve got to vote for me.”
“He’s [JD Vance] not Ohio, this guy is absolutely bought and paid for before he even gets into the senate,” Ryan said. “He has no courage, clearly.”
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