- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s Democratic Party has endorsed former governor Ted Strickland in next year’s U.S. Senate race over a Cincinnati councilman challenging him for the party’s nomination.

The party handed out its endorsement on Saturday.

Strickland and Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld are vying to take on Republican Sen. Rob Portman who won his party’s endorsement earlier this week.

Strickland says in a statement that the endorsement will go toward building momentum for his campaign.

Sittenfeld said before the vote that he was spending Saturday meeting with voters instead of going to the state party meeting. He said in a statement that an early endorsement that goes against the spirit of the Democratic party.



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