Former Governor Ted Strickland

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.

Sittenfeld-Strickland Race Takes On A Sharper Tone

Jan 20, 2016
Sittenfeld with supporters in northeast Ohio
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The Democratic underdog in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, P.G. Sittenfeld, gained some critical ground Tuesday after being when it comes to endorsements. 

U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is questioning whether his primary opponent has changed his position on gun control.
 
Sittenfeld says fellow Democrat Ted Strickland defended his A-plus rating with the National Rifle Association as recently as March of last year.
 
Sittenfeld, who faces Strickland in the upcoming Ohio primary, says Strickland's radio show comments run counter to positions he took after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
 

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.

State: Military Pension Tax Exemption Costs Ohio Millions

Aug 19, 2015

A tax break intended to help Ohio attract military retirees has cost the state millions more than expected.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland signed a bill in 2007 declaring military pensions as tax exempt.

The state estimated it would cost up to nearly $22 million in tax revenue. But The Dayton Daily News  reports the state now says the exemption actually cost more than $29 million in fiscal year 2014 and over $31 million this year.

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.

Ohio Democratic Senate Contender Reports $671K In 35 Days

Apr 9, 2015

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate campaign says it raised more than $671,000 in 35 days and picked up momentum toward the end of the year's first quarter.

Strickland officially jumped into the race in late February. His campaign said Thursday that $469,601 came in the last two weeks of the fundraising period. Strickland's campaign also reported $649,171 cash on hand.

Strickland is vying for the Democratic nomination with Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, whose campaign said Monday it raised more than $757,000 in the first three months of this year.

A Quinnipiac University Poll shows if the election were held today, Democratic Former Governor Ted Strickland would beat Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman by nine points in a head to head matchup.  And it’s worse when you throw in Independent voters.  They back Strickland by an 18 point margin. That’s something University of Akron Political Science Professor John Green says he didn’t expect.

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland For US Senate Race

Mar 31, 2015

Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate bid.

Strickland has long ties with the Clintons and was a leading backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton's successful 2008 Ohio presidential primary effort. But the early endorsement comes with 30-year-old Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also seeking the Democratic nomination in a primary more than a year away.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is seeking re-election.

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