Four years after defeating Republican Sen. Mike DeWine in a nationalized race, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown looks to be in for a tough re-election race of his own.
In a new Public Policy Polling survey, Brown gets a 40 percent approval rating and never takes more than 43 percent of the vote against any of the four Republicans tested. In a rematch with DeWine, who was just elected to be attorney general on Nov. 2, both candidates would take 43 percent.
Brown also led Secretary of State-elect Jon Husted 43 percent to 38 percent and Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor 40 percent to 38 percent.
Brown on Tuesday explained to the Washington Post that he would probably vote for the tax cut package on the Senate floor Wednesday despite blocking it in a procedural vote earlier this week.
“I voted against cloture because I wanted to continue to try to find a way to send a message to the House that there are allies here, in addition to the conversations there,” Brown told The Fix blog. Brown also said he “changed his mind after speaking with his minister and reading letters from constituents who are struggling amid the economic downturn,” The Fix reported.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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