THE BLOG
09/20/2010 01:39 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Economic Problems Take Center Stage In Ohio senate race

The economy is taking center stage as the main issue in the Ohio Senate race as Democrat Lee Fisher slips even farther behind Republican Rob Portman in the polls.

Both Fisher, Ohio's lieutenant governor, and Portman, a former congressman and cabinet member under George W. Bush, have released television advertisements focused on Ohio's slipping job market. However, it is Portman who now has a 20-point lead in the polls according to a report released by Quinnipiac University on Friday

Ohio, long considered a swing state, shows a 60% to 38% disapproval rating of President Obama. It is likely the majority of citizens are frustrated with the White House and are looking to Portman to fix their economy.

Fisher's position placed him in control of the Ohio job market, but with the state sitting at a disturbing 10.3% unemployment in July, Portman seems to appear the better choice to replace George Voinovich.