Gibbons takes lead in recent GOP Senate polls

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Cleveland businessman pulls ahead in two latest surveys

The crowded race for the Republican Senate nomination has shifted somewhat in recent polling, with Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons taking the lead in two recent polls.

A FOX News poll, taken from March 2-6, had Gibbons in the lead with 22 percent of voters, followed by the former frontrunner, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel at 20 percent. Venture capitalist and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance was in third, with 11 percent, former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken was fourth, with 9 percent, and State Sen. Matt Dolan was fifth, with 7 percent.

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The survey showed room for further shifts in the field, with 24 percent of voters undecided.

The survey was taken from 918 Republican voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Gibbons’ lead, within the margin of error, comes after the candidate began a large television advertising campaign in the state. An investment banker and founder of Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, he previously ran for his party’s nomination, unsuccessfully, in 2018, to challenge U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Gibbons also led in an Emerson College poll, taken from Feb. 25-26, with 22 percent. Mandel came in second, at 15 percent, Vance third, with 8 percent, followed by Timken and Dolan, with 6 percent each. 39 percent of voters were undecided.

Emerson also surveyed the Democratic primary, finding U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan leading, with 31 percent. No other candidate in that field reached double digits.

The candidates are running to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is retiring after two terms. Portman endorsed Timken in the race last month.

The Republican side of Emerson’s poll surveyed 410 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent. The Democratic side of the poll surveyed 313 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percent.