- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The campaign of former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has raised nearly $3.8 million in Strickland’s effort to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman this fall.

That’s about a third of the $9.8 million that Republican Portman amassed during 2015 in one of the nation’s most closely-watched Senate contests.

Strickland’s a well-known figure viewed as one of Democrats’ top prospects nationally to win a Republican-held Senate seat. He faces Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in the March primary.

Strickland’s campaign said Tuesday he raised more than $1 million during the fourth quarter and has over $2 million on hand to spend. Portman has some $12 million on hand. Nearly 29,000 individuals donated to Strickland, compared to 8,700 for Portman.

Sittenfeld raised $235,000 for the quarter and has about $785,000 on hand.

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