- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s U.S. Senate campaign said Thursday it raised more than $671,000 in the first quarter of the year and that it was picking up momentum.

Strickland officially jumped into the race in late February, although he had begun raising money ahead of his announcement. His campaign said that $469,601 came in the last two weeks of the fundraising period that ended March 31. It also reported $649,171 cash on hand.

“In a very short period of time, we’ve seen an outpouring of support for Ted all across Ohio,” Strickland campaign manager Rebecca Pearcey said in statement. “We fully expect the momentum we’ve seen in the past several weeks to continue.”

Strickland is vying for the Democratic nomination with Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, whose campaign said Monday it raised more than $757,000 in the first three months of this year.

Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign announced earlier it had raised more than $2.75 million this year. That gave the Republican incumbent more than $8 million on hand for what’s expected to be a hotly contested, nationally watched race. 

Portman’s campaign manager, Corry Bliss, said of Strickland’s report: “It’s hard to imagine Strickland could have posted a more underwhelming number than this.”

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