Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Bush holds lead in Ohio, poll shows
By Enquirer Staff
Texas Gov. George Bush leads Vice President Al Gore by 4 percentage
points in Ohio, according to the Ohio Poll released this morning.
The poll of 628 likely voters finds that 47 percent intend to vote for
Mr. Bush, 43 percent intend to vote for Mr. Gore, and 4 percent intend to
vote for consumer activist Ralph Nader.
Poll director Eric Rademacher says the presidential contest in Ohio has
narrowed since April, when Mr. Bush led Mr. Gore by 8 percentage points.
The poll was taken between Sept. 5 and Sept. 16 by the Institute for
Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. It has a margin of error of
plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
Experts have emphasized that Ohio, with its 21 electoral votes (the
sixth-highest in the country), is a critical state. No Republican has
claimed the White House without winning the state.
The poll was released as Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph
Lieberman was in the state. He is targeting women and working families with
campaign appearances in central and northeastern Ohio.
The U.S. senator from Connecticut opened his day campaigning in Columbus
by visiting maternity ward patients at Ohio State University Medical Center
He was then to take part in a roundtable discussion on health care and a
separate discussion on ways of improving women's access to health care.
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