Report: Former Gov. Strickland Will Challenge Sen. Rob Portman

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January 30, 2015 1:31 p.m.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) will run for Senate next year, challenging Sen. Rob Portman, according to The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio.

The Ohio paper cites sources close to Strickland, and writes that attempts to reach Strickland himself were not returned.

Strickland is arguably one of the most well-known Democrats in the state who could challenge Portman. The former Ohio governor currently runs the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington D.C. One source told the Vindicator that Strickland will resign from the liberal organization to run for Senate.

Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld (D) has already announced his candidacy to run against Portman.

Portman himself is gearing up for his re-election fight. He recently hired GOP operative Corry Bliss, who came in to rescue Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) 2014 re-election campaign, to run the Ohio campaign.

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