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.
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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.