As Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a decisive win in the Indiana primary, Democratic candidates in a handful of tough races quickly linked their Republican opponents to Trump.
With Trump at the top of the ticket in November, close Senate races could become even tougher for Republicans, and the real estate mogul's candidacy could put additional states into play, like Arizona and Iowa.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) campaign on Tuesday night issued a short statement taunting incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) over the prospect of running with Trump at the top of the ticket.
"Here are the 5 words that are striking fear into Senator Rob Portman: presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump," Strickland spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement.
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