Buckeye Value(s)

Although Rob Portman has been seen as a leading veep contender wire-to-wire, his backers can be forgiven for feeling a little bit apprehensive that his buzz quotient has been a little low of late.

Now comes into my hands a poll done a little over a week ago that suggests Portman’s political sway in battleground Ohio is greater than some recent public data has indicated.

The survey, done by the blue-chip Republican polling firm the Tarrance Group, was conducted statewide in Ohio from July 29-31 of 613 people determined to be likely voters in a presidential election year.

As the chart here indicates, the poll suggests that Portman has a higher name ID in the state, and higher favorability, than the recent narrative has indicated. He’s hugely popular in his home base of Cincinnati, but has favorability ratings that top his unfavorable numbers in Democratic-friendly areas such as Toledo and Cleveland, as well as among women statewide.

According to a knowledgeable Republican source, the poll was done for a private organization. No source I contacted knew if the data has been shared with the Romney campaign.

But I bet Boston will see it now.

Related Topics: Mark Halperin, Mitt Romney, Ohio, Rob Portman, Tarrance Group, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, The Page

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