Poll: GOP leads in Ohio races for gov., US Senate

      Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Rob Portman(left), Democratic Candidate Lee Fisher (right)

      A new poll says Republican challenger John Kasich is apparently leading in the race for Ohio governor.

      The Ohio Poll sponsored by the University of Cincinnati shows the former congressman in front of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland 51 percent to 43 percent.

      Most polls taken in recent weeks have shown the race tightening.

      The Ohio Poll also finds that former Republican congressman Rob Portman has a 22-point lead over Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

      The poll surveyed 705 likely Ohio voters between Oct. 8 and 13. The poll has a margin of error or plus or minus 4 percentage points.