Portman Takes A Pass

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A Portman for President candidacy would have been a long-shot for sure but he was being taken seriously in the pre-lims, at least by some. He carries a lot of cache within the GOP Establishment.

Portman said now that Republicans will have control of the Senate, he sees "a real opportunity to break the gridlock in Washington." Skeptics may role their eyes but the logic makes imminent sense to Mark Weaver, a Republican strategist in Ohio. "He's decided to represent Ohio in the senate," Weaver said, and try to bring more consensus and compromise to the work in Washington."

Portman's decision vaults Governor John Kasich a little higher as a potential Republican choice in 2016. For most of the country polls show, Kasich is barely a blip. Kasich has said he's "definetly not running" ..and that he's "probably not running."

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