Strickland Says He's Not Concerned by Former Governor's Endorsement of Sittenfeld

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland votes in Columbus.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland votes in Columbus. (Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau)
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by Jo Ingles

Democrats have both a presidential primary and a contest for the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate on the March 15 ballot – and they used the first day of early, in-person voting to promote those primaries.

Endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland voted in Columbus shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The former governor has a big lead over his primary opponent, Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, who picked up the backing of another former governor, Richard Celeste.

Strickland said he’s not concerned.

“When I consider the endorsements I have across the state, hundreds of them, I not intimidated by a handful of endorsements for my opponent. I’m really not,” he said. “But people have the right to make their choices and I respect that.”

Polls show Strickland is in a dead heat with Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman but is far behind Portman in fundraising.

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