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ICYMI: "Democrats are fretting" over Strickland while Ohio Senate Race shows "Increasing Promise for GOP"

Roll Call and AP Articles Highlight Portman's Strength and Strickland's Struggles in Ohio Senate Race

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, both Roll Call and The Associated Press examine the Ohio Senate race, noting Ted’s “disappointing finances” and highlighting Rob’s recent endorsements from over 100,000 Ohio union members from the United Mine Workers of America, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio, and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 – all of which “sent ripples of surprise through the state and Washington.”

The momentum is certainly behind the Portman Campaign as Republicans, Independents, and even Democrats are rallying in support of Rob. As the Associated Press reports, Rob's latest endorsement "reinforces the view among Republicans that Portman is well-positioned to hang on in this unusual election year."

In case you missed it, here is what Roll Call and the Associated Press had to say about the Ohio Senate race, Retread Ted’s lackluster campaign, and Rob's latest union endorsement from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18, which represent over 15,000 workers across Ohio:

As Senate Races Heat Up, the Map Shifts
Alex Roarty
Roll Call
August 3, 2016

New candidates, disappointing nominees have changed expectations

… In Ohio, a race that Democrats once considered among their top targets, Democrats are fretting about Ted Strickland’s disappointing finances and a handful of marquee endorsements for Sen. Rob Portman.

…Strategists from both parties caution that Strickland and Burr can still overcome their late-campaign challenges, but they add that neither is in the kind of shape most in their party expected when the year began.

The changes have potentially rerouted the path back to a majority for Senate Democrats, who need to net at least four seats to win control of the legislative body if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

…In Ohio, Portman, running what many political operatives consider the best campaign of 2016, had $13.2 million on hand at the end of June, dwarfing Strickland’s $3.7 million. The GOP incumbent also received the endorsement of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters last week, an announcement that sent ripples of surprise through the state and Washington.

Strickland is being dramatically outspent with no sign whatsoever of him being able to close that gap,” said one Democratic operative, who requested anonymity to speak candidly…


Key Senate race in Ohio showing increasing promise for GOP
Erica Werner
Associated Press
August 3, 2016

Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman announced another endorsement Wednesday from a labor union that had previously backed his Democratic opponent, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. It’s the latest in a string of developments that has Republicans increasingly optimistic about keeping the crucial swing state in their column in November as they battle to retain Senate control.

The endorsement from Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers comes after Portman also announced backing from branches of the Teamsters, and the Mine Workers, which also switched their allegiance from Strickland.

Portman also is overwhelming Strickland in fundraising, leaving some Democrats privately voicing concerns about the former governor’s campaign... Some Democrats concede that Portman is running a very strong campaign...

Nonetheless it’s unusual for a Republican candidate to snatch labor union endorsements from a Democrat the way Portman has done, and reinforces the view among Republicans that Portman is well-positioned to hang on in this unusual election year.

...Rob Engstrom, national political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement, “Rob Portman is the hardest working man on the campaign trail. The campaign is smart, nimble and shattering the traditional coalition models; he fits the state like a glove. The Strickland campaign is straight out of 1978, complete with bell bottoms and parachute pants. Sad.”


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