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 in Columbus.

        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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