Ohio gov's rival assesses state of county he leads

CLEVELAND (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is preparing to assess the state of affairs in Cuyahoga County as new poll results show a tightening race with Republican Gov. John Kasich.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga county executive, delivers his State of the County address at noon Wednesday. It comes as a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Kasich leading FitzGerald 43 percent to 38 percent. FitzGerald has gained slightly.

Kasich leads among Republicans and men, while Democrats and women back FitzGerald.

The survey did not list Democrat Larry Ealy, who's qualified to challenge FitzGerald in May's primary. The poll of 1,370 registered voters conducted Feb. 12-17 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Kasich holds his State of the State speech in neighboring Medina on Monday.