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  Ohio Senate: Hackett (D) 42% DeWine (R) 41%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 15, 2005

Election 2006

Ohio Senate

Hackett (D) 42%
DeWine  (R) 41%
Other 5%



November 16, 2005--Add Mike DeWine to the list of incumbent Senators facing a major challenge in his bid for re-election. He's not in as much trouble as Rick Santorum, but he may be comparing notes with Jim Talent.

A Rasmussen Reports Election 2006 poll finds DeWine trailing challenger Paul Hackett by a single point, 42% to 41%. Five percent (5%) say they'd vote for someone else while 12% are undecided.

Ohio's Republican Governor Bob Taft is not helping DeWine's cause. His Job Approval Rating is amazingly low at 19%. Seventy-nine percent (79%) disapprove, including 52% who strongly disapprove.

DeWine is viewed favorably by 48% of the state's voters and unfavorably by 38%.

Hackett, less well known, is viewed favorably by 33% and unfavorably by 29%. However, a plurality (38%) have no opinion of Hackett at this time.

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The current state of the race is mostly a reflection of DeWine and the state of the Republican Party in Ohio. As the campaign unfolds over the next year, a key factor will be the way that Hackett is introduced to the large segment of the population with no opinion of him.

During Election 2006, Rasmussen Reports will poll at least once a month in every Senate and Governors' race. Our Election 2006 coverage will include more frequent measurement of competitive races.

Data on the race for Governor in Ohio will be released tomorrow (Thursday).

Ohio voters favor confirming Judge Alito to the Supreme Court by a 44% to 28% margin. Twenty-six percent (26%) of Hackett's supporters say they believe Alito should be confirmed.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 15, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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