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Senator Rob Portman

Andy Chow

A leading Democratic political action committee is canceling ad buys in the Ohio Senate race. It's the second major group to do so as Democrats increasingly appear to be losing hope of winning back the key state.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The multi-million ad buy began airing across Ohio Wednesday. The 60-second spot focuses on Strickland's hard-scrabble childhood in Appalachian Ohio, his blue-collar roots and the campaign's working-class focus.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman endorsed Donald Trump months ago, but he’s been pretty muted in his support. That changed on Thursday.

At a speech to the Ohio delegation breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Portman offered more full-throated support for Trump, and used his name more often than speakers at the rest of the week’s  breakfasts combined.

He says Republicans know how to fix the economy as evidenced by what’s happened in Ohio.

Karen Kasler

US Senator Rob Portman is facing a tough re-election fight this year – and some Ohio Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy may drag down Portman’s chances to beat Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland. The candidate popped in for a little campaigning on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Both sides are turning up the heat in the general election campaign in Ohio's closely watched U.S. Senate race.

Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland easily won his three-way primary Tuesday to face Republican Sen. Rob Portman. He calls Portman a Beltway insider. It's a seat Democrats think they could take in their effort to regain a Senate majority. Polls have indicated Strickland and Portman turn toward fall about even.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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A former Ohio governor has won the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Ohio for the Republican-held seat.

Ted Strickland handily held off a spirited challenge by Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who argued that state Democrats needed fresh faces and ideas. Strickland had 69 percent of the vote to 20 percent for Sittenfeld and 10 percent for Cincinnati occupational therapist Kelli Prather with 7 percent of precincts reporting unofficial returns.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld has made official his run against former Gov. Ted Strickland in the 2016 Democratic primary.

The 31-year-old city councilman from Cincinnati has resisted steady pressure from the Democratic establishment to clear the way for Strickland to take on sitting Republican Rob Portman next year.

Strickland, who has not yet filed, is the Democrats' endorsed candidate. His favorability and name ID exceeded Portman's in some early polling and he's already been targeted in more than $2 million in outside advertising.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says a cultural change is needed to draw attention to the problem of underage victims of sex trafficking.

Portman says that while laws have been updated to reflect the reality of children forced into prostitution, everyone from police to prosecutors to judges to the public need to understand the nature of the crime.

Portman said Thursday after a human trafficking roundtable in Columbus that he hears from constituents who can't believe that underage trafficking is happening in Ohio.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The conservative policy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) will hold its annual summit in Columbus this weekend, and it’s getting a jump on the fall 2016 US Senate race with a big TV ad buy.

AFP, backed by the conservative Koch brothers, is spending more than a million dollars on TV ads targeting the Democrat who’s leading in the polls, former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Portman Praises, But Won't Endorse, A Kasich Presidential Run

Jul 20, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says everything about Gov. John Kasich as a presidential candidate is compelling. But he’s still not endorsing his fellow Ohio Republican.

Kasich is expected to make his presidential run official Tuesday at a rally at Ohio State University. And Rob Portman spent close to three minutes on a conference call with reporters extolling all the reasons Kasich will make a great candidate. But Portman says he has his own 2016 senatorial campaign to worry about. 

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