Mandel Surges Against Brown

Ohio’s Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel has surged in his bid to unseat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after initial problems with name recognition, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

Brown leads Mandel 46 percent to 40 percent.

The last time Quinnipiac released a poll on the race, on March 29, Brown led Mandel 46 percent to 36 percent. And a February Quinnipiac poll showed Brown up by 13 points, 48 percent to 35 percent.

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Brown leads Mandel narrowly among independent voters, 42 percent to 38 percent. In the previous Quinnipiac poll, Brown held a heftier lead of 46 percent to 28 percent among independents.

Mandel’s increasing popularity with independents has also correlated with a 5-point lead among men, while Brown has a wide edge among women. Brown, a Democrat, has been dealing with revelations that he battered his wife and children during a turbulent divorce in the 1980s.