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A Tale of Two Weeks: When Friends Become Foes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had another impressive week including the release of two new TV ads, Mi prioridad" and Vets," news that Sabato's Crystal Ball moved the race to "Likely Republican," successful committee passage of the Miners Protection Act - which received a vote because of Rob, a new FOX News poll showing Rob 14 points ahead of Strickland, and finally Rob receiving an award for his work to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic wreaking havoc across Ohio.

Meanwhile, Strickland was rarely seen in public and started off his week having to face front-page news from the Cincinnati Enquirer that Ohio voters are not happy with him for turning his back on the state after being booted from the Governor's mansion. Finally today, the Associated Press highlighted exactly why Strickland is failing in his bid for U.S. Senate saying, "Besides Strickland's sluggish fundraising — he's made a couple of verbal gaffes, lost several key endorsements and suffered from a perception that he lacks Portman's pace and passion." The article even quoted one of Ted's fellow Democrats conceding that the Portman for Senate Campaign is "one of the best campaigns in the country."

Monday, September 19th:
This is how Ted Strickland started his week:

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In other news, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball updated the Ohio Senate race from "Leans Republican" to "Likely Republican," saying, "Sen. Rob Portman (R) has been pulling away for the last couple of months, and Democratic outside groups have cut bait on former Gov. Ted Strickland (D). Portman is running a strong campaign and he and fellow Republicans continue to hammer Strickland over his time in office." Larry Sabato even appeared on FOX News to discuss the Ohio Senate race and said, "Senator Rob Portman will be re-elected handily." You may click HERE or on the video below to watch the interview.

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Meanwhile, the Portman for Senate Campaign released its latest TV ad titled, “Mi prioridad," which is running on Spanish-language stations in Ohio. The campaign is spending $250,000 running the advertisement on TV and targeted to Spanish-speaking voters online. The campaign has set a goal of receiving 1 million views across all online platforms before Election Day. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Mi prioridad.”

Watch Mi Prioridad Now!
Tuesday, September 20th:
Here is what they had to say about the Portman for Senate Campaign's Mi prioridad" TV ad:

Washington Post: Pulling ahead of his Democratic rival, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is doing something rarely done in Ohio politics: airing a Spanish-language political TV ad.

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La Opinión: Senador republicano de Ohio lanza primer anuncio en español en busca del voto hispano

NEWSMAX: Targeting Ohio's Latino voters, Sen. Rob Portman is all set to release a new ad, in which the Republican shows off his Spanish-speaking skills.

Washington Examiner: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman showed off his bilingual speaking skills and targeted the community in a new ad as he grows more confident about his chances of winning re-election in November.

Politico: GOP Sen. Rob Portman is spending $250,000 to air an ad in Ohio that features Portman talking about jobs in Spanish. “As your senator, my priority is to create better jobs,” Portman says in the ad.

Columbus Dispatch: Sen. Rob Portman is on the air again today – this time with an ad running on Spanish-language stations in the state.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Portman’s latest ad will run on Spanish-language stations in Ohio, such as Univision and Telemundo, along with sports events that are broadcast in Spanish on satellite.

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Dayton Daily News: New Portman ad entirely in Spanish

Cleveland.com: As part of the $250,000 ad launch to reach Spanish-speaking Buckeye voters through TV and online platforms, the campaign will also send out an email to supporters from NFL Hall of Famer, Cincinnatian and Portman's Hispanic Leadership Council Chair, Anthony Muñoz.

In other news, the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdoses recognized Rob for all of his bipartisan work to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic wreaking havoc across Ohio. You may click HERE to read the Coalition's press release in its entirety.

Meanwhile, even Rachel Maddow weighed in on Ted Strickland's floundering campaign saying, "That race looks like one that some parts of the Democratic Party are basically giving up on... When you are a Democratic candidate and the DSCC, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, starts cutting their resources for your campaign, that’s not a good sign.” You may click HERE or on the video below to watch Rachel Maddow's MSNBC segment.

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Wednesday, September 21st:
FiveThirtyEight's Senate Forecast gave Rob a 93.3% chance of winning re-election on November 8th.

FOX News released a new poll showing Rob with a 14-point lead. From FOX News: "Ohio Sen. Rob Portman holds a 14-point lead over Democrat Ted Strickland: 51-37 percent. The incumbent senator tops the former governor by 28 points among independents.  Portman also garners the support of most Republicans (88 percent), as well as 15 percent of Democrats.He won the seat in 2010 with 57 percent of the vote."

Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee successfully passed the Miners Protection Act - which received a vote because of Rob. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) even praised Rob's work. As you will recall, the UMWA endorsed Rob in June for his leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs. The endorsement came as a major blow to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by the UMWA in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.

Thursday, September 22nd:
The Portman for Senate Campaign released its latest TV ad titled “Vets" featuring Cpl. James Adkins (Ret.), US Army and his wife Rebel Adkins. The ad highlights Rob's work to help Cpl. Adkins when he returned home from Iraq and Rob's work to ensure Ohio veterans are taken care of and receive the benefits they earned and deserve. "Vets" is running statewide in Ohio on TV and online. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Vets."

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Friday, September 23rd:
Finally today, the Associated Press highlighted exactly why Strickland is failing in his bid for U.S. Senate saying, "Besides Strickland's sluggish fundraising — he's made a couple of verbal gaffes, lost several key endorsements and suffered from a perception that he lacks Portman's pace and passion." The article even quoted one of Ted's fellow Democrats conceding that the Portman for Senate Campaign is "one of the best campaigns in the country." Be sure to click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

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