Polls: GOPer Portman Surging In OH-SEN Race

In the race to replace retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), Republican nominee and former Rep. Rob Portman appears to be in prime position to keep Republican control of the Senate seat.

This morning, a Quinnipiac poll of the Ohio race was released and found the Republican leading Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher 55%-36% (the previous Q poll, from mid-September, put Portman up 20). Earlier this week, a Fox News poll had the race at 53%-37% (the previous Fox News poll put Portman up 13).

In the last month of polling, the narrowest margin produced for the contest was Portman leading by seven points.The TPM Poll Average shows Portman ahead 51.4%-37.5%. Trend lines tell the story: