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John Kasich Maintains Small Lead Over Potential Dem Challenger: Poll

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio speaks at the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Tuesday, August 28
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio speaks at the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Harry Walker/MCT via Getty Images)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has a small lead over the potential Democratic candidate for governor, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Kasich leads FitzGerald 43 percent to 38 percent. That's only a slight change from a Quinnipiac poll released in November 2013, which showed Kasich leading FitzGerald by seven points.

The new poll shows 51 percent of registered voters approve of Kasich's work as governor, while 36 percent disapprove.

FitzGerald will face off against former tow-truck operator Larry Ealy in a Democratic primary on May 6. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports FitzGerald is the clear favorite in the race, and has the Ohio Democratic Party on his side.

See more on the Quinnipiac poll here.

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