Ohio Republicans prefer their former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to take on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown for Senate next year. 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.
With so many undecided, with so few being aware of these candidates, and with no one having actually announced, there is still plenty of room for anyone to jump in and win this primary. Blackwell and Jones were not tested against Brown, but all of the others trailed by at least 15 points in results released Wednesday.
PPP surveyed 400 usual Ohio Republican primary voters from March 10th to 13th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.9%.