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A Tale of Two Weeks: Part III

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had an impressive week. On Monday, the campaign released a new video highlighting the Ohio Republican Party State dinner showing Republicans are united behind Rob Portman. The campaign also launched its latest ad, “Holly,” featuring Tonda DaRe from Carrollton, Ohio whose daughter Holly tragically died at the age of 21 from a heroin overdose on October 12, 2012. Tonda tells her powerful story and highlights Rob Portman’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and his continued fight to combat the prescription drug and heroin epidemic gripping Ohio families like hers. Finally, on the heels of Ted Strickland’s Appalachian Apology Tour, the campaign released a new web ad, “Left It,” targeting Ted Strickland’s old congressional district and showing voters in Appalachia the transformation the former Governor has made over the years.

Meanwhile, Ted Strickland was forced to schedule a last minute, two-day Appalachian Apology Tour. The tour was in response to the devastating “political blow” Strickland received last week when the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) endorsed Rob Portman for his leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs. COMPAC endorsed Ted Strickland in 2006 and 2010 when he ran for Governor.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, June 6th:
Portman for Senate releases a web video featuring highlights from Saturday’s Ohio Republican Party State Dinner. At the dinner, Rob Portman, Governor John Kasich, Hugh Hewitt, and ORP Chairman Matt Borges spoke about this year’s Senate race and how we can’t afford a return to Retread Ted Strickland’s Ohio when the state lost more than 350,000 jobs and ranked 48th in job creation. You may click the video below to watch highlights from the dinner.

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WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson highlights the “political blow” Strickland received after the UMWA endorsed Rob saying, “Gob-smacked, Strickland was, because UMWA's National Council of Coal Miners PAC had been a long-time supporter of Strickland, throughout his years in the U.S. House and in both of his gubernatorial campaigns in 2006 and 2010.”

Tuesday, June 7th:
Ted Strickland officially launches his two-day Appalachian Apology Tour. The Associated Press reports, “U.S. Senate challenger Ted Strickland is making a two-day swing through eastern and southern Ohio in the wake of losing a critical coal mine union's endorsement.”

Wednesday, June 8th:
Mark Weaver, a political consultant in Ted Strickland’s former congressional district, tweets the results of a recent poll in OH-06:

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During Ted Strickland’s Appalachian Apology Tour, he admits to the Cincinnati Enquirer that, “losing the coal endorsement hurt.”

Thursday, June 9th:
Portman for Senate releases its fourth television ad highlighting Rob Portman’s fight against the prescription drug and heroin epidemic gripping Ohio families. You may click the video below to watch “Holly.”

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two-minute version of Holly’s story will run online and can be watched by clicking HERE.

Friday, June 10th:
Fresh off Ted Strickland’s two-day Appalachian Apology Tour attempting to explain away his latest “political blow,” the Portman for Senate campaign releases a follow-up to Strickland's recent "Lived It" video with a new web ad titled “Left It.” The ad highlights Ted Strickland’s transformation and details why he’s lost the support of Appalachia, the NRA, and Ohio coal miners. You may click on the video below to watch “Left It.”

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Morning Consult reports that, “Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is not ceding any ground… Strickland’s trip to Appalachia came a week after the Ohio Coal Miners announced its support for Portman – a big blow to Strickland, who had the group’s support both times he ran for governor, successfully in 2006 and unsuccessfully in 2010."

David Skolnick reports on the latest polling to come out of Ohio: “A poll from Public Opinion Strategies of the 18-county 6th Congressional District – Strickland represented most of the counties in Congress – has the Democrat trailing Portman by 11 percentage points. The poll was paid by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Marietta who’s served the district for the past five and a half years."

Rob’s fourth television ad, “Holly,” generates these headlines:

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