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Portman Announces College Student Day of Action

- Students for Portman Will Pass Out 115,000 Flyers Today
- Snapchat Filters Placed on Over 30 College Campuses

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate campaign announced its College Student Day of Action, a day of grassroots organizing across Ohio's college campuses led by the Students for Portman coalition. The campaign purchased two Snapchat filters on 30 campuses and members of the Students for Portman coalition will distribute 115,000 flyers on over 30 campuses today contrasting Rob's fight to help students with Ted's record of failure for Ohio students. Over the course of this campaign, Rob has visited over 20 campuses and he will visit 12 college campuses on his current "Countdown to Victory" RV Tour. Yesterday, Rob stopped by Ohio University and he will visit with supporters at the University of Akron today.

Over a year ago, the Portman for Senate campaign launched "Students for Portman" which has grown to over 30 college campuses and across 200 high schools. These students have powered our grassroots effort which surpassed 5 million voter contacts yesterday.

Snapchat filters:

Rob's Results Snapchat Education Snapchat

Flyer (front and back):

Education Flyer
Education Flyer

Yesterday, the campaign announced it surpassed 5 million targeted voter contacts, in large part thanks to the Students for Portman members. Since May of last year, thousands of volunteers and interns have knocked on doors and made phone calls – including to 161,492 during our last Super Saturday – talking to voters about the issues they care most about and why Rob is the best choice in the race for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat. 


You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap of the Portman Campaign's last Super Saturday day of grassroots action.

Recently, The National Journal took a deep dive into the grassroots efforts of the Portman for Senate Campaign saying, “Ohio Demo­crats are now scram­bling in what was once con­sidered a top Sen­ate pickup op­por­tun­ity thanks in part to an ag­gress­ive grass­roots cam­paign by Sen. Rob Port­man that strategists from both parties have praised for boost­ing the first-term Re­pub­lic­an over his bet­ter-known chal­lenger.”

You may click HERE or on the video below for an inside look at the campaign’s unprecedented grassroots efforts.

The Students for Portman Coalition, which is organized on more than 30 college and university campuses and over 200 high schools, continues to be an important part of the campaign moving forward, and we're excited to work with these students to ensure that Rob’s message and record of delivering results for Ohio families continues to reach every corner of Ohio.

Recently, the Associated Press highlighted the Portman for Senate Campaign's tech-savvy online operations saying, "Portman has made some of the savviest use this election cycle of its digital resources as his campaign has begun to unravel an early lead by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland." The report goes on to describe the Portman Campaign's use of Google in order to communicate with Ohio voters about the issues they care most about saying, "Portman's campaign, for instance, has created different audiences around the state, delivering each a different online message." You may click HERE to read the article in its entirety. 

The Portman for Senate campaign is running an aggressive, 21st Century tech-savvy campaign, which includes targeting millennials via Snapchat and Instagram. In fact, The Portman for Senate campaign was the first Senate campaign in the country to sponsor an ad on Instagram. The ad microtargeted students at The Ohio State University during OSU's first home football game last year. Other Instagram ads were targeted to different Ohio universities.

Since the primary, the Portman campaign has purchased numerous Snapchat "geofilters." The filters showed support for Rob Portman and reminded users of Ted Strickland’s awful record as Governor when Ohio lost more than 350,000 jobs, support for the Obama-Biden failed foreign policy agenda, and awful record on China. Recently, the campaign even targeted Democrats at Hillary Clinton rallies with Snapchat filters highlighting Rob's union endorsements.

In August, 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.

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Earlier this year, Cleveland's WEWS highlighted the Portman for Senate campaign’s outreach efforts using Snapchat saying, "Rob Portman's campaign is really leading the effort here." Earlier this year, the Portman campaign was the first GOP Senate campaign to target voters using Snapchat and as Politico pointed out, “Ohio Sen. Rob Portman...seems to roll out a new Snapchat filter every week.” You may click HERE or on the WEWS video below to see how the Portman campaign is using Snapchat to target voters in Ohio:


The Portman for Senate Campaign was the first Senate campaign in the country to reserve airtime through Election Day, placing more than $14 million in statewide television airtime and $1 million in YouTube inventory through Google's advertising network. The effort is using highly sophisticated targeting methods to deliver community specific content across Ohio.

The Portman for Senate campaign web videos, Bad Judgment and Dangerous received over one million views.

The Portman for Senate campaign is also using locally targeted online banner ads highlighting Ted Strickland’s failed record. You can click below for examples of each:

  • Collection one of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Collection two of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Collection three of former Ohio employers who moved jobs away from the state during Ted Strickland's term as governor.
  • Banner ad highlighting former governor Ted Strickland’s awful record on standing up to China.