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January 13, 2016

Strickland’s Past Positions on Guns Put Him in a Tough Spot

UNITED STATES - APRIL 21: Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) talks with reporters before the senate policy luncheons in the Capitol, April 21, 2015. Strickland is running for the Senate in Ohio. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Strickland says his views on guns have changed in the wake of school shootings.
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama make moves on gun policy, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s past record on the issue has put him under scrutiny.

When he was up for re-election in 2010, the Democrat was given an A-plus rating by the National Rifle Association, which endorsed him over Republican John Kasich, who got a B.

“We don’t give a lot A-pluses,” said Catherine Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the NRA. Kasich would go on to defeat Strickland.

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November 6, 2015

TPP Will Be a Factor in Several 2016 Races

Feingold made trade a pillar of his attacks on Johnson in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold made trade a pillar of his attacks on Johnson in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House on Thursday released the much anticipated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a trade deal that will likely play out in a number of top House and Senate contests in 2016, whether or not it’s passed by Congress.

Most of those races are located in the Rust Belt — states where past trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement from the 1990s are often blamed for the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs that once made the region prosper.

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May 14, 2015

Sittenfeld Will Not Exit Ohio Senate Primary (Updated)

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Strickland is running for Senate in Ohio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:39 p.m. | Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld declared Thursday he would stay in the Ohio Democratic Senate primary, despite efforts by supporters of former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland to convince him to drop out.

“I have come here today to affirm my candidacy and to explain my campaign,” Sittenfeld said Thursday morning, according to prepared remarks. Full story

March 31, 2015

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Clinton endorsed Strickland for Senate in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton endorsed Strickland for Senate in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate.

Strickland is the front-runner for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman. One other Democrat is also running — Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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February 25, 2015

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

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Strickland, left, is running for Senate. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, announced Wednesday morning he will challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016.

“I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because I am determined to restore the American Dream for working people in this country,” Strickland said in a statement emailed to reporters.

Democrats need to gain five seats in 2016 to secure a majority, and in a presidential year that path could run through Ohio. Full story

February 24, 2015

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

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Strickland previously served in the House. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:48 p.m. | Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who is expected to announce a bid against Republican Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday, may get a clear shot at the nomination.

The only Democrat in the race until now, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, is raking in donations from high-profile donors, announcing endorsements and putting out policy proposals. The Democrat recently told CQ Roll Call he is “running to win.”

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January 23, 2015

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

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Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race. Democrats describe him as a charismatic and a rising star within the party, but his early announcement speaks to the fact that this local office holder has hurdles to raise his name recognition and ample cash for a federal race. And other Democratic candidates won’t let him do that for too long without any competition. Full story

December 3, 2014

Congressman Considering Rob Portman Challenge in 2016

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Ryan is a Democrat from northeast Ohio. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said he is considering a challenge to Republican Sen. Rob Portman in 2016.

“We’re certainly looking very closely at it,” the Democrat told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday phone interview.

Earlier this week, Portman announced he would seek re-election, foregoing a bid for president. His declaration marked good news for Senate Republicans, who view him as the top contender to keep his seat in the GOP’s hands in 2016. Portman boasts a formidable fundraising network and, as of the end of September, had $5.5 million in his campaign coffers.

Ryan had $441,000 as of his most recent filing but said he felt he could compete with Portman. Full story

By Alexis Levinson Posted at 4:29 p.m.
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September 11, 2014

Rob Portman Will Look at Presidential Bid After Election

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Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he would consider a presidential bid, but only after the elections in November.

“Yeah, I’ll take a look at it after the election,” the Ohio Republican told reporters at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast, when asked if it was still something he was considering. Full story

January 9, 2014

Portman Can Run for Re-Election and VP in 2016, Per Election Officials

Portman, left, is a senator from Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If the 2016 GOP nominee picks Sen. Rob Portman as a running mate, the Buckeye State senator will not have to chose between his Senate seat and a slot on the GOP national ticket.

This week’s Ohio edition of Roll Call’s Farm Team series looked at the future of Portman’s seat, and according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office, a Buckeye State candidate may appear on the ballot twice in federal races. Full story

November 4, 2013

Ohio Democrat: Obama Endorsement Would Not Be Helpful

The candidate: Democrat Jennifer Garrison, former state lawmaker.
The member: Two-term Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio.
The state:
In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 55 percent.
The candidate’s team
: Charlie Hale (campaign manager), Mark Riddle (senior adviser), The Campaign Group (media consultant), Benenson Strategy Group (pollster), New Partners (research), New Blue Interactive (digital strategist)

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison said any campaign help from President Barack Obama would not help her chances of winning the 6th District in southeastern Ohio.

“Obama isn’t very popular in my part of the state, and I respect the office of the presidency of the United States,” Garrison said in an Oct. 8 interview with CQ Roll Call. “But I suspect that the president would not be campaigning for someone unless he thought that would be helpful, and in my case it probably would not.” Full story

July 15, 2013

Conservative Democrat Runs for House Seat in Ohio #OH06

Johnson, a Republican, has drawn a new challenger. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison announced Monday that she will challenge GOP Rep. Bill Johnson for his conservative, southeast Ohio district.

“Both political parties have not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen table issues that our neighbors and families face everyday,” Garrison said in a release. Full story

July 12, 2013

Ohio’s Most Vulnerable House Republican Raises Big Bucks

Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, raised a strong $406,000 in the second quarter of this year as he gears up for what will likely be a tough re-election race.

National Democrats have already said they see the 14th District as a pick-up opportunity in 2014. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named Joyce as a top GOP target in an interview with CQ Roll Call, although the only organized challenger so far is attorney Michael Wager. Full story

April 15, 2013

Ohio: Joyce Raised $234,000 in First Quarter

Rep. David Joyce raised a strong $234,200 during the first quarter of this year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Joyce, perhaps Ohio’s most vulnerable House Republican, ended last month with $463,000 in the bank.

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March 22, 2013

Ohio: Former Rep. Betty Sutton Not Running For Governor

Sutton will not run for Ohio governor in 2014. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, will not run for the Buckeye State’s governor’s office in 2014.

“I want to thank all who have encouraged me to run for Governor,” she Tweeted on Friday. “After thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will not do so in 2014.”

Sutton lost re-election to Rep. James B. Renacci by 4 points in the Cleveland-area 16th District in one of last cycle’s most targeted races. Since then, Democrats have been talking her up as a potential statewide candidate, suggesting she might challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Sutton’s announcement comes just a couple weeks after one of the state’s most prominent Democrats, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced he’s exploring a bid for governor. Also this month, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan announced he would not challenge Kasich.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

By Abby Livingston Posted at 12:57 p.m.
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