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Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, a longtime figure in statewide politics, is pulling away from his rival for the nomination, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, in a race that has seen heated charges and counter-charges recently. A new Quinnipiac poll shows Fisher with a 41-24 lead.

Fisher is backed by most of the Democratic establishment. He has served the state ably, and could do so in the U.S. Senate, where he would focus on his strength – economic development – to help Ohio’s job picture. If the economy isn’t fixed, "then nothing else really matters," he says, adding that he’d oppose measures that hurt Ohio manufacturing.

But we think Democratic voters ought to give feisty underdog Brunner a good look in this race as well. She has shown resilience and policy-making skill as secretary of state, a difficult post on which both parties exert great pressure. We haven’t agreed with some of her decisions on election policy, but she has stood her ground credibly on reforms and has worked out some snags in the voting process. Her ability to work with people of divergent views, while holding true to her liberal roots, shows she could be effective in the Senate, where she’d like to join her mentor, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Brunner has leveraged her meager financial resources – most of the big money backs Fisher – with grassroots organizing and online campaigning."