Gov. Ted Strickland

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A report over the weekend suggested that Ohio’s job growth for the last two years under Republican Gov. John Kasich was only slightly better than in the last two years under Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. Now the state auditor wants to check into the state’s public private jobs creating entity.


Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman and Democratic challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland met Monday for their second debate of the campaign hosted by 10TV in Columbus.  Portman, in his opening statement focused on his commitments to fighting the opioid crisis and human trafficking, and his plans for Ohio’s and the nation’s economic recovery.

Strickland talked about his wide ranging experiences as a minister, psychologist, Congressman, and governor contrasted with his families humble origins.

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords brought her nationwide campaign on gun violence prevention to Ohio this past weekend.

Giffords was here to kick-off the Ohio leg of the Vocal Majority Tour, which is urging voters to support candidates who want to reduce gun violence. Giffords -- who survived a shooting in 2011, but remains partially paralyzed – was a gun owner and moderate Democrat while in the House.

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One of the most watched U.S. Senate races in the country is here in Ohio. But maybe not any more, with a new poll showing incumbent Republican Rob Portman with a commanding lead over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. 

The latest Quinnipiac swing state poll shows Portman leading Strickland 55% to 38% among likely Ohio voters. That 17-point gap has grown from last month, when Quinnipiac showed Portman leading by 11 points.

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The results of the Ohio primary should be known next Tuesday.  And while a lot of attention has been focused on the presidential races, there’s a fight for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Rob Portman for the U.S. Senate in this fall’s general election.

For months, polls have shown the race is all but locked up for 74-year-old former Gov. Ted Strickland, who was endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party almost a year ago. That happened though there was another candidate in the contest – P.G. Sittenfeld, a 31-year- old city councilman from Cincinnati.