OHIO — While election season can appear polarizing for many Ohioans, results from a recent poll including both the race for Ohio governor and Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat, showed there are many voters who said they plan to vote for both Mike DeWine and Tim Ryan.
According to our latest exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College Poll released Monday, 20% of DeWine voters said they’re going to vote for Ryan for Senate.
The number of DeWine voters siding with Ryan is down seven points since a previous poll in September, but still translates to about 12% of Ohioans polled who said they’re going to vote for a Republican for governor and a Democrat for U.S. Senate.
“One out of eight Ohioans tell us that they’re going to go in there and they’re going to pull the lever for Mike DeWine, but they’re also going to vote for Tim Ryan. That’s the key to the race,” said Don Levy, director of the Siena College Institute. “If indeed those DeWine voters at the last minute say ‘You know what, I’m a Republican voter, I’m going to vote for JD Vance.’ If that tends to happen, then this even race could very well swing to JD Vance. If indeed Ryan holds on to these ticket splitters, then he has a change to pull this one out.”
Meanwhile, voters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley are staying mostly along party lines.
In the recent poll, 6% of voters planning to vote for Whaley also said they will vote for Vance, the same numbers as discovered in September. Just 2% of all Ohio voters in the poll plan to vote the Democratic governor and Republican senator combination.
While the DeWine-Ryan combination lost voters, projected Whaley-Ryan tickets increased from 90% in September to 93% in the recent poll.
Election Day is Nov. 8.