Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel trailed Democratic senator Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) early in the year, but now Rasmussen has them running neck-and-neck. Mandel seems to have enjoyed a bump coming off of his primary victory.
The latest telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Buckeye State finds Brown and Mandel each with 43% support. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and another 11% are undecided.
It’s enough of a move to draw Michael Barone’s notice, as part of the good news he sees as a good week for the GOP so far. A former Marine, Mandel ran well state-wide in 2010. Barone pronounces him “a real contender” now. Mandel was also Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s first endorsement of 2012, that via the Weekly Standard.
Most didn’t expect it to close up quite so quickly. That’s a very good sign for Josh Mandel.