Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci.
Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November.
Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race.
Brown has a 55 percent job approval rating, the poll said. Meanwhile, half of Ohio voters say they don’t know enough about Renacci to form an opinion.
The Quinnipiac poll focused on registered voters, but a poll out yesterday of likely voters showed a similar trend.
Brown was up over Renacci 53.4 percent to 36.6 percent in the Cincinnati Enquirer/Suffolk University poll.
This year’s race for the Ohio Senate seat has started aggressively, with Brown trying to define Renacci, as early as last month with dual ads, aired just days after Renacci won his primary.
Renacci has hit Brown back with an ad of his own.
Renacci told Dayton Daily News editors in an interview Monday that he will not let his opponent define him.
On Monday, Renacci was heralding an America First poll that he said shows the Senate race is a close one. The poll shows Brown leading Renacci by 4 points, within the poll’s margin of error, Renacci tweeted.
“The fact that he talks more about polls than the issues important to Ohio workers is a good example that Congressman Renacci only looks out for himself,” said Preston Maddock, communication director for the Brown campaign.