A new poll is showing bad news for J.D. Vance, a candidate fighting with several other high profile Republicans for the Ohio GOP nomination for Senate in 2022.
As The Daily Caller reports:
Coefficient poll of 613 likely voters found businessman Mike Gibbons leading a crowd of six candidates with 20% support and former state treasurer Josh Mandel in second with 18% support. The two other candidates who have received major media attention, former state Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken and Vance, were in fourth and fifth with 6% and 5% support, respectively. The poll, conducted from Feb. 6-8, had a margin of error of 3.9%.
NEW: @coefficientpoll (R)
2022 #OHSen GOP Primary
Mike Gibbons 20%
Josh Mandel 18%
Matt Dolan 7%
Jane Timken 6%
J.D. Vance 5%
Mark Pukita 1%
Someone Else 9%
613 LV | 2/6-2/8https://t.co/R2vaOAztZM
— PPUSA (@PollProjectUSA) February 11, 2022
Tony Fabrizio, a pollster who has been working for the pro-Vance Protect Ohio Values Super PAC, warned Monday that the “Hillbilly Elegy” author is perceived by many primary voters as too anti-Trump to gain their support. The Club for Growth, which supports Mandel, has run an ad campaign highlighting Vance’s work as a contributor at CNN and opposition to then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
A spokesperson for Vance did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.
A December poll by The Trafalgar Group found Mandel in first place with 21% support and Vance in second with 15% support. That poll was conducted just before Gibbons launched a $10 million ad campaign. Gibbons, an investment banker, has loaned his campaign more than $11.4 million.
Former President Trump has so far refused to make an endorsement in the race.