The Q poll for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican George Voinovich, shows Lt. Gov Lee Fisher with a comfortable lead over Republican Rob Portman, 42 pct-31 pct, while Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who is competing with Fisher in the Democratic primary, is ahead of Portman, 40- 31. Both also have double digit leads over State Auditor Mary Taylor, who is not expected to run at this point.
Gov. Ted Strickland has a 51-32 lead over former Republican congressman Republican John Kasich. More important than the one-on-one matchups is the context in which Ohio politics is currently being played out. President Obama has a 62-31 approval rating in the Buckeye state; Strickland, 52-37.
The Democratic senate primary remains the focal point among the party's movers and shakers, with a back-channel effort by some inside chess players to persuade Brunner to withdraw and run for the Ohio Supreme Court instead. You might keep an eye on that opening gambit.
A strong word of caution: A year before the 2008 presidential election in Ohio, the Q poll reported that Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani (!!!!) were in a virtual tie. We all know how that turned out on Election Day.