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Gun regulation is an issue has been a challenging one for both major party candidates in the US Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. In the last installment of a three part series, the Statehouse News Bureau is breaking down the race issue-by-issue. Correspondent Karen Kasler examines the candidates’ somewhat complicated positions on guns.

Brown and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are demanding an investigation into credit bureau Equifax after a massive financial data breach.
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Trade has been a top issue in the ads and debates in this US Senate race. And it’s somewhat ironic that Portman’s view on trade is closer to that of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Strickland’s view is more like Republican nominee Donald Trump. Portman is the former U.S. Trade Representative under former President George W. Bush, and when he was in Congress, he voted for the big trade deal for many watching this race, the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

Portman, Strickland Offer Differing Options on Immigration

Oct 31, 2016
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio)
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Two longtime Ohio politicians are duking it out for your vote in the race for U.S. Senate. Republican Senator Rob Portman has held the office since 2011 but Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland wants to take his place.

Andy Chow

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who recently rescinded his support for Donald Trump, and his Democratic challenger Ted Strickland are set to hold their first debate.

The candidates will square off on Friday in Youngstown.

The debate comes amid renewed attention to the Senate race after Portman pulled his endorsement of Trump following the release of a 2005 video, which captures the Republican presidential nominee making lewd comments about women.

Portman said he had hoped to support Trump out of respect for the millions of people who voted for him.

Rob Portman Pulls Endorsement of Donald Trump

Oct 10, 2016
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For months U.S. Senator Rob Portman has admonished different controversial statements made by Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. In June, Portman chided Trump for his comments about a federal judge of Mexican American descent, saying that while he criticizes Trump's character, he agrees with his policies.
 
"Ultimately, what you’re trying to do is elect a president who can help get the country back on track in terms of the economic growth, the opportunity, protect the country," said 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.

Andy Chow

In recent weeks, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman has raised some eyebrows after receiving some endorsements from labor groups that often back Democrats. But some other big labor organizations in the Buckeye State are warning not to read too much into that.

The head of the Ohio AFL-CIO, Tim Burga, says his organization represents about a half million members who are backing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland for his stand on issues affecting workers.

“Rob Portman has been wrong and Ted Strickland has been right,” said Burga.  

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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.

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