ABC News link This is somewhat remarkable in that: DeWine falls on the "moderate" side of the Republican party; As the incumbent, he is known statewide; Sherrod Brown was relatively unknown outside his own (northern Ohio) district; Brown is an avowed liberal and not ashamed to say it; Brown started distantly behind DeWine, then pulled even, and is now pulling ahead... ...this despite the fact that DeWine has been running a heavy ad rotation portraying DeWine as strong on national defense and Brown as weak. If this poll is to be believed, even moderate Republicans are not safe. Much as I like Sherrod Brown, he hasn't done anything really huge to win people over to his side, aside from pointing out how lousy Ohio's job market is. I don't think that alone is what's sending his stock continually upward. Perhaps Brown is being carried by a wave of overall rejection of the Republican party in Ohio (our gov't here is almost all Republican, and many of them are corrupt). But I prefer to think that this extends past Ohio, and indicates the Democrats' growing chance of success in November.