The latest Rasmussen poll of Ohio voters is out and it shows two very different pictures.
In the Republican race, John McCain continues to have a commanding lead over Mike Huckabee:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Ohio voters found John McCain well ahead of his opposition in the Buckeye State’s Republican Primary. McCain earns support from 57%, Mike Huckabee from 30% and Ron Paul is the chosen candidate of 4%.
McCain holds an even larger lead than last week when he was up 50% to 33% over Huckabee.
McCain attracts 60% of those who are politically moderate (60%) and 56% of conservative voters. Huckabee attracts 32% of conservative voters.
I don’t think anyone ever really thought that Huckabee had a chance in the Buckeye state. Still, though, the size of McCain’s lead is pretty staggering.
On the Democratic side, Rasmussen confirms what other polls are showing — Hillary Clinton has a slight lead but not as large as she had even a week ago:
New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads Illinois Senator Barack Obama by eight percentage points in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll of the Ohio Democratic Presidential Primary. Clinton currently earns 48% of the Buckeye State vote while Obama attracts 40%. Twelve percent (12%) remain undecided.
A week ago, Clinton held a fourteen point advantage.
Clinton leads by twenty points among women. That’s little changed from a week ago. However, in the previous poll, Clinton also held the advantage among men. Now, she trails Obama by ten among male voters. Clinton does better among lower-income voters and older voters.
The race, like many others in Election 2008, remains very fluid. In addition to the 12% who are undecided, another 17% of voters say they might change their mind before voting.
There is one more debate between Clinton and Obama next week in Cleveland. After that, this race could go anywhere.