J.D. Vance, Tim Ryan virtually tied in new Ohio Senate poll

J.D. Vance, the Republican running in Ohio's U.S. Senate race, visited the Mansfield News Journal on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, to talk about his campaign.

With less than two months to go before Election Day, Ohio’s closely watched U.S. Senate race is far from settled.

USA TODAY Network Ohio/Suffolk University poll released Monday showed J.D. Vance and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan virtually tied in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman. The Democratic congressman maintained a small lead with 46.6% compared to 45.6% of voters who planned to support Vance.

Roughly 6% of voters were undecided.

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The result was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, suggesting the seat remains up for grabs at this point in the game. It also mirrored other independent surveys conducted in recent weeks that point to a competitive race heading into peak campaign season.

Pollsters surveyed 500 likely Ohio voters between Sept. 5 and Sept. 7.

September Ohio Poll U.S. Senate race.

Republicans boost spending to help Vance

The poll comes as Vance and his allies ramp up spending to counter Ryan, who used a massive fundraising haul to dominate the airwaves all summer. The Senate Leadership Fund, for instance, announced it would spend $28 million in the Buckeye State and pulled funds from Arizona in part because of an “unexpected expense in Ohio,” Politico reported. The race in Ohio could help determine which party controls the Senate, which is currently split between Democrats and Republicans.

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