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UC's Ohio Poll nails it - again

The final Ohio Poll from the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research was only two-tenths of a percentage point off the final election results in the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Ohio.

That means the Ohio Poll has accurately projected the winner in all 40 of the statewide candidate and ballot issue races it has polle

d since 1994.

The final Ohio Poll, released  Monday, had President Obama with 50 percent support, compared to 48.5 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. It was well within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent. President Obama ended up winning in Tuesday's unofficial vote count with 50.2 percent of the vote.

The Monday poll had Democratic Sherrod Brown leading the U.S. Senate race with 50.6 percent over Republican Josh Mandel. In the end, Brown was re-elected with 50.4 percent of the vote.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.