Oct. 08– COLUMBUS — John Kasich’s bid to be president is in serious trouble as new polling numbers show the Ohio governor is no longer the Republican favorite in the Buckeye state.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Kasich trails Donald Trump and Ben Carson in Ohio. Trump is supported by 23 percent of Republicans while Carson has 18 percent of the vote. Kasich finished a distant third with 13 percent.
Kasich’s slide has been fast. Just six weeks ago, he led Trump 27 percent to 21 percent when Quinnipiac last polled in Ohio.
“Gov. John Kasich’s big card was his enormous popularity in Ohio, generally considered the most important swing state in the November election. But with Trump zooming well past him in the Buckeye State and Kasich’s numbers in Florida and Pennsylvania in low single digits, the Ohio governor’s campaign is going in the wrong direction,” said assistant poll director Peter Brown in a written statement.
The Quinnipiac poll was the second dose of bad news for the Kasich campaign this week.
On Tuesday, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed the governor’s support decreasing from 12 percent to 6 percent in less than a month in New Hampshire, a state where Kasich has mostly focused his campaign energy.
“We do well here, we’re moving on. We do terrible here, it’s over,” Kasich told the Boston Globe last week. However, he was quick to couch those statements Tuesday, noting “we consider New Hampshire tobe important but not at the exclusion of all other places. We have the best organization, and organizations win.”
While the poll shows Trump leading all Republicans in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, the business tycoon would lose Ohio to either of the three Democrat front-runners if the election were held today, according to Quinnipiac numbers. It shows Vice President Joe Biden thumping Trump, 48 percent to 38 percent; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders winning 44 percent to 41 percent; andHillary Clinton squeaking by, 43 percent to 42 percent.
“Trump, despite his strong showing in mock Republican primaries, fares worst among the GOP candidates matched against the three Democratic aspirants — giving some credence to pundits who say the billionaire could be every Democrats’ favorite GOP nominee,” Brown said.
The poll surveyed 1,180 voters from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5 in Ohio and had a 2.9 percent margin of error. It also found:
–Clinton leads among Ohio Democrats with 40 percent, but Biden has surged to 21 percent, passing Sanders at 19 percent.
–Biden runs best in Ohio against most of the Republican contenders. The poll found that in Ohio, Biden would lose to Carson but would beat other top GOP candidates: Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Trump.
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