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Strickland Wins Democratic Nomination in U.S. Senate Race

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Former Gov. Ted Strickland won a big victory last night as nearly two thirds of Democratic voters chose him to be their candidate for U.S. Senate. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Strickland says he looks forward to running against incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman this fall. Strickland says he’ll look out for working Ohioans. One way he said he would do that is to fight plans by many Republicans to raise the retirement age before workers could collect social security.

“I’m sick and tired of people like Rob Portman and Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership in Washington D. C., trying to tell working people that they ought to work longer before they can retire.”

It was a disappointing night for Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld, who, despite TV ads and campaigning, lost the race nearly 2-1. He says Strickland was a well known and well liked opponent. And he said it was hard to get name recognition, especially since the presidential race sucked air out of the room.

“To make it statewide, you have to reach a certain level of name recognition that we didn’t reach so it’s not the outcome that we had hoped for but I’m proud of the race we ran.”

Sittenfeld says the next big plan in his future is to get married this summer. Cincinnati area activist Kelli Prather came in third.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.