June 1, 2022 8:22am
Updated: June 1, 2022 10:26am
A poll released Wednesday shows the Ohio Senate race between GOP nominee J.D. Vance and Democrat rival Rep. Tim Ryan is deadlocked – roughly four weeks after their respective primary wins and roughly five months before general election day.
The USA Today Network Ohio/Suffolk University survey shows Vance leading Ryan by roughly 2 percentage points among likely Ohio voters, within the survey having a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
Vance received the support of 41.6% percent of respondents, compared to 39.4% for Ryan, in their bid to win the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.
The survey also found with nearly 17% of respondents were undecided. The number is not unusual with Election Day in November. However, how those respondents eventually vote will largely decide the outcome of the race. It was conducted among 500 likely Ohio general election voters May 22-24.
Former President Trump's late endorsement of Vance helped the "Hillbilly Elegy" author-turned-venture capitalist win his primary. Ryan is running as moderate.
Ohio voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020, after having voted for incumbent Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama in 2012.