Blackwell leads Ohio GOP Senate contenders 

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has a small lead in a new survey of potential Republican primary candidates seeking the nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Blackwell, who lost a 2006 bid for the Ohio governorship to Democrat Ted Strickland, has since become a rising star on the conservative movement's national political stage, co-authoring two books - "The Blueprint" and  "Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservativism Can Save America" - with Ken Klukowski, speaking at conservative and Republican events around the country, and regularly contributing oped columns to The Examiner and other major daily newspapers and web sites.

The new survey showing Blackwell with a significant following among Ohio Republicans was conducted by Public Policy Polling, which described the results:

"Ohio Republicans prefer their former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to take on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown for Senate next year," PPP said in a release.

"Blackwell is the favorite of 17% of Ohio’s usual Republican primary voters, ahead of Jon Husted’s 14%, unlikely candidate Drew Carey’s 12%, Mary Taylor’s 9%, Jim Jordan’s and Steve LaTourette’s 8%, Josh Mandel’s 6%, and state senator Shannon Jones’ 1%. A full quarter, far more than support any of the candidates, are undecided or prefer someone unnamed."

Carey, who was born and raised in Parma, Ohio, is the well-known comedian and libertarian philanthropist, who has been taking a much more visible public role in recent years. He is a frequent voice on Reason TV.

 But there are questions whether Carey is seriously interested in seeking the Ohio Senate seat. When Carey was not offered as a possible candidate, Blackwell's support increased to 21%.

 According to PPP, the rest of the field, minus Carey, showed "Husted still at 14%, Jordan and LaTourette up to 10%, Taylor down to 8%, Mandel up to 7%, and Jones up to 4%. 26% are still undecided."

By PPP's reckoning, Mandel is the likely first choice of moderate Ohio Republicans, but they represent only about one of every six GOP primary voters.

Go here for more from PPP.

 

 

 

 

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