- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group fighting for a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate has launched another round of ads in hotly contested Ohio.

Senate Majority PAC began its $2.5 million effort Thursday against Sen. Rob Portman, the Republican incumbent. The first in a series of spots criticizes Portman for supporting Social Security privatization. His campaign has said such attacks misrepresent his position.

The ads are set to run in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown through July 18.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is challenging Portman in one of the nation’s tightest and most closely watched Senate races.

Strickland has failed to come close to his fundraising goals and Senate Majority PAC has reservations to spend about $10 million on his behalf.

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