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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Quinnipiac Poll has Obama up by five points in Ohio

President Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by five percentage points in the critical swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday morning.

But a poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm based in North Carolina, released an Ohio poll Saturday that showed only one percentage point separates Obama and Romney - 49 percent for Obama, 48 percent for Romney.

The new Quinnipiac Poll credits a large gender gap for the finding that Obama has 50 percent support in Ohio as opposed to 45 percent for Romney. It showed 55 percent of women voters backing Obama, compared to 40 per cent for Romney, while Romney led among male voters 51 to 44 percent.

"The good news for Gov. Romney is that he has sliced President Obama's lead in half in the last month,'' said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the polling institute at Quinnipiac University, which polls in key battleground states. "The bad news for Romney is that no Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio and the challenger is running out of time to make up the remaining difference."

In Ohio's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown held a nine percentage point lead - 51-42 - over state treasurer Josh Mandel.

Quinnipiac polled 1,548 likely Ohio voters between Oct. 17-20. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percent.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.