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