Republican J.D. Vance has taken the lead over Democrat Tim Ryan in the race for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
Vance has long been the favorite in this race, but Tim Ryan did manage to get an edge on him over the summer.
Now that we are getting close to the race, Vance is moving up in the polls.
The Hill reports:
Vance holds 4-point lead over Ryan in Ohio Senate race: poll
Republican J.D. Vance holds a 4-point lead over Rep. Tim Ryan (D) in Ohio’s Senate race just over 50 days out from Election Day, according to a new survey from Emerson College Polling and The Hill released Friday.
Vance leads Ryan 44 percent to 40 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Thirteen percent of voters said they were undecided, while 3 percent said they planned to vote for someone else.
The latest poll shows Vance’s lead growing since an Emerson College survey from August in which he led Ryan by 3 points.
Republicans were always expected to have a slight advantage in the red-leaning state, with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rating the contest as “lean Republican.” However, Ryan and his Democratic allies still say they have a chance at flipping the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R). The RealClearPolitics polling average of the race shows Vance leading by 2.3 points.
In addition to the economy, Vance is paying a lot of attention to the crisis at the border.
Illegal immigrants know what our own government refuses to admit: that Kamala Harris and Tim Ryan have opened our border. Their policies encouraged this and they refuse to do anything to stop it. https://t.co/vYZKI4bZle
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) September 15, 2022
Tim Ryan fights for this. He couldn’t care less about Ohio. https://t.co/jHmBlojH0K
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) September 14, 2022
It’s very smart politics.