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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.

Poll: Rand Paul in the mix for 2016 GOP nomination

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Kentucky's junior senator, Rand Paul, finished third among a group of eight potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to a poll released this week.

The Quinnipiac University poll showed among 712 voters who described themselves as Republicans Paul had 15 percent support for the GOP nomination, bested only by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (19 percent) and the 2012 vice presidential nominee, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan (17 percent).

The only other potential GOP candidates with double-digit support were Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, with 14 percent and former and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 10 percent.

The margin of error among GOP voters in the poll was plus or minus 3.7 percent.

The same poll asked 1,711 registered voters from around the country whether or not they approve of President Obama's job performance - 49 percent said they approve while 45 percent said they disapprove.

The poll asked the larger group of voters whether they would support the Democrat running for president in 2016 or the Republican nominee; and 43 percent said they would choose the Democrat while 35 percent said they would support the Republican nominee.