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Quinnipiac poll shows Biden leading Trump in Ohio as final sprint to Election Day is underway

The poll shows Biden with a 48%-43% lead over President Trump with just a few days to go until Election Day.
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FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

The Buckeye State remains a battleground state in the 2020 presidential election.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 48%-43% lead over President Donald Trump with just five days to go until Election Day. 

More than 1,800 likely voters in Ohio were surveyed, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

Biden has expanded on his lead in Ohio since the last Quinnipiac poll taken on Oct. 14 that showed the former vice president leading the incumbent president by a slim 48%-47%. 

Likely voters in Ohio are split on Biden and give Trump a negative favorability rating. For Biden, 47% have a favorable opinion of him and 46% have an unfavorable opinion. For Trump, 43% have a favorable opinion of him and 50% have an unfavorable opinion.

"A race that's been virtually tied now looks to be tilting toward Joe Biden. The question is whether he can hold onto that slight lead in a state where President Trump won comfortably in 2016," says Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.

Other polling data shows that 39% of likely voters in Ohio say they will vote in-person on Election Day, 32% say they have voted or will vote by mail or absentee ballot, and 26% say they have or will cast their ballot at an early voting location. 

In mid-October, 47% of likely voters said they would vote in person on Election Day, 30% said they had voted or planned on voting by mail or absentee ballot, and 21% had or planned to cast their ballot at an early voting location.

Both campaigns continue to make frequent stops in Ohio in the closing days before Tuesday. After Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris visited Cleveland last weekend, her husband, Doug Emhoff, held a drive-thru rally in Akron on Thursday. Meanwhile, President Trump's daughter Ivanka is scheduled to hold a campaign event with Sen. Rob Portman on Saturday in Youngstown.