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Portman uses Ohio job losses in Web ad against Strickland

 (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is reaching back to a familiar topic in his likely 2016 faceoff with Ohio's former governor: jobs.

In a Web ad released Monday, Portman's campaign hammers Democrat Ted Strickland over the heavy job losses and soaring unemployment rate that occurred during his four-year term. A Portman campaign spokesman says the six-figure ad buy will have "significant" reach, though not on TV.

The ad targeted to a statewide audience highlights high-profile cases including Dayton-based NCR taking 1,200 jobs to Georgia, U.S. Playing Cards taking 400 jobs to Kentucky and DHL eliminating 8,000 jobs when it closed its plant in Wilmington.

"Though Governor Strickland likes to pretend he was never governor, his awful job loss record will follow him for the next year and a half," campaign manager Corry Bliss said. "Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs on Strickland's watch and his endless excuses will never cover up the fact that Ohio lagged behind 47 other states in job creation. Ohio voters can't let Ted Strickland take them backwards."

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Source: AP Wire