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New Quinnipiac Poll Is Bad News For Gov. Kasich

A new poll of Ohio voters shows Gov. John Kasich is no longer leading other candidates in the Republican primary here.

The Quinnipiac University swing state poll shows real estate mogul and entertainer Donald Trump is the top choice of Ohioans right now. The polls shows 23 percent of Republican voters back him, up from 21 percent in August.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson gets 18 percent.

Gov. Kasich comes in third with 13 percent. Kasich has touted he is popular in Ohio and has great influence in this key swing state, but poll director Peter Brown says Kasich’s campaign isn't looking good.

"Gov. John Kasich's big card was his enormous popularity in Ohio, generally considered the most important swing state in the November election," Brown says. "But with Trump zooming well past him in the Buckeye State and Kasich's numbers in Florida and Pennsylvania in low single digits, the Ohio governor's campaign is going in the wrong direction."

On the other side of the ballot, Hillary Clinton leads the pack with 40 percent of Democratic voters. Vice President Joe Biden has 21 percent and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has 19 percent.

When placed head-to-head in a general election scenario, the poll shows Clinton beats Trump by one percentage point.

Other general election matchup scenarios:

Biden gets 42 percent to 46 percent for Carson and beats Bush 46 - 37 percent. He gets 44 percent to Fiorina's 42 percent. Biden beats Rubio 46 - 41 percent and thumps Trump 49 - 38 percent. Clinton gets 41 percent to 43 percent for Bush and loses to Carson 49 - 40 percent. She gets 41 percent to 43 percent for Fiorina and trails Rubio 41 - 45 percent. Clinton gets 43 percent to Trump's 42 percent. Sanders gets 40 percent to 42 percent for Bush and loses to Carson 48 - 36 percent. He trails Fiorina 43 - 39 percent and gets 40 percent to 43 percent for Rubio. Sanders gets 44 percent to Trump's 41 percent.