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A Tale of Two Weeks: Portman Wraps Up "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, Ted Strickland was only seen in public twice, continued his desperate efforts to reset his failing campaign, and "appeared frustrated" as he loses support in Appalachia.

Meanwhile, the Portman Campaign racked up another impressive week including the release of a new TV ad highlighting Rob's focus on delivering results for Ohio workers and families, an endorsement from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and several stops on its “Moving Ohio Forward” Summer RV Tour, which wraps up today after making 50 stops across 30 counties and covering over 3,500 miles. The tour made stops with members of our campaign's seven coalitions, union members who recently endorsed Rob, and thousands of volunteers who all agree Ohio can't afford to go back to the days of Ted Strickland's Ohio.

Here is a review of the week that was:

Monday, August 22nd:
The Columbus Dispatch referred to Rob as the "hardest working man" in politics saying, "When he's not hammering nails for Habitat for Humanity, kayaking with wounded warriors or riding his bike 100 miles in Pelotonia, Ohio's junior U.S. senator finds other things to do. Rare is the day when Portman is not racing around the state — including covering 3,500 miles in his campaign RV over two weeks — courting the voters he hopes to parlay into a second term on Capitol Hill."

Also on Monday, the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest TV ad, "Gregory Industries," highlighting Rob's focus on delivering results for Ohio workers and families. In 2011, Gregory Industries, a guardrail manufacturer in Canton, faced possible closure when a competitor hired a lobbyist to effectively eliminate their product through language in federal legislation. Rob stepped in and led the charge to save the company's 125 jobs. The ad, which you may watch by clicking here or below, is playing statewide.

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  • Roll Call: Portman Drops Another $1 Million for Ad Buy - Move comes as Ohio Republican solidifies his lead in Senate race
  • Politico: GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign is spending $1 million on a new TV ad focused on Portman’s work to help an Ohio manufacturing company called Gregory Industries. Language in a proposed spending bill could have doomed the company, employees say in the ad, but Portman intervened.
In the span of two days, Ted Strickland faced major backlash for being down in a new YouGov/CBS battleground poll by 7 (46-39) points and in a new Monmouth poll by 8 points (48-40). Don't just take our word for it, here is what they had to say:
  • CBS News: The poll also found that Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman leads his Democratic challenger former Gov. Ted Strickland 48 percent to 40 percent.
  • YouGov: Strickland’s challenge is to shore up support among voters in Democratic-leaning groups who are hesitant about the former governor
  • Politico: Ohio poll: Portman leads for Senate despite Trump deficit
  • WCMH: Portman leads Strickland by 8 points in latest poll
  • Cleveland.com: Strickland allies had been characterizing Portman's 9-point lead in an earlier Quinnipiac University survey as an outlier and waiting for polls taken after the former governor's first TV ad – a positive, biographical spot – had been in heavy rotation. Monmouth's poll is the second in as many days to show Strickland down at least 7 points. And it covers Aug. 18-21 – a span that includes the first 10 days after Strickland's introductory ad campaign began.


Tuesday, August
23rd:
The Portman for Senate Campaign announced it purchased over 30 Snapchat Geofilters across Ohio to blanket college campuses as students return to classes for the start of the fall semester. In addition, Snapchat users at The Ohio State University were able to show support for Rob during move-in day in one filter and in another filter students were encouraged to join the campaign as interns during an activity fair. In total, the campaign targeted over 30 different colleges and universities with individual filters specific to the school, with more to come. Images of the some of the filters are below. Users were able to snap a picture and place the filters on top of their photos.


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Also on Tuesday, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation announced its support for Rob, naming him a "Friend of Agriculture" during a stop on the Portman for Senate Campaign's "Moving Ohio Forward" RV Tour.
Much like the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, and the United Mine Workers, former Governor Ted Strickland sought out the Farm Bureau's support in April. Unfortunately for him, the Farm Bureau agreed that Rob is the only candidate in this race with a proven record of delivering results and standing up for Ohio farmers and their families.

  • Washington Free Beacon: Portman Receives Support From Ohio Farm Organization - Strickland publicized meetings with organization leaders

Photos from day 11 of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour:
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Wednesday, August 24th:

As the saying goes, when you are explaining you are losing - look no further than Ted Strickland's latest ad, which was just another desperate attempt to reset his failing campaign. Unfortunately for Ted, his ad failed to truthfully defend his failed record as governor - it's not surprising considering he has the worst record of any Senate candidate in America. Don't just take our word for it, here is what they had to say:

Daily Kos: the whole ad is somewhat more defensive than it needs to be. Strickland doesn't need to repeat GOP attack lines, even if he's countering them.

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Also on Wednesday, Rob and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) hit the campaign trail in parts of Ted Strickland's former Congressional district. The two began their day in Bergholz touring Rosebud Mine and meeting with mine workers. As you may recall, in June, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the United Mine Workers of America endorsed Rob for re-election to the U.S. Senate. The Mine Workers endorsement was an important recognition of Rob's leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs, and was considered a major "political blow" to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by the union in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.

Following the mine visit, Rob and Senator Capito continued on to Hanoverton for a luncheon with fellow Republicans and then to Gregory Industries for a roundtable with members of Rob's Small Business Coalition, which is spearheaded by Matt Gregory. Following the tour, Rob and Senator Capito finished their day at a GOP dinner in Summit County. Here is what they had to say:

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  • WTOV9: U.S. Senators Portman, Moore Capito visit Rosebud Mine in Bergholz

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  • WTRF7: Sens. Portman and Capito Headed to Parts of Opponent Ted Strickland's Former Congressional District

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  • Salem News: US senator stumps in area with colleague

Photos from Day 12 of Rob's "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour:
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Finally on Wednesday, the Portman for Senate campaign announced it purchased a Snapchat geofilter for the Bernie Sanders "Our Revolution Organizing Kickoff" at the Gateway Film Center Lounge in Columbus. Users at the kickoff event were reminded of former Governor Ted Strickland's cozy relationship with Hillary Clinton. An image of the filter is below. Users were able to snap a picture and place the filter on top of their photos.

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Friday, August 26th:
RealClearPolitics took an in-depth look at Ohio's Senate race in Appalachia as Ted Strickland, who "appeared frustrated," loses support in his former congressional district.

  • RealClearPolitics: P.J. Deluca, a miner at Rosebud Mining who was there for the senator’s visit, said he voted for Strickland in 2006, but not in 2010, and is solidly behind Portman this year...Strickland admits that he’s behind in the race right now, and in the interview appeared frustrated by some of the Appalachia-related attacks...

This afternoon, Rob will wrap up his "Moving Ohio Forward" Summer RV Tour, at the campaign's field office in Terrace Park. The tour took Rob all over Ohio making 50 stops across 30 counties and covering more than 3,500 miles - more stops than Ted Strickland has made all year. I think we all know what the answer to this is:

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