Ohio Primary Battles Loom For Senate, Boehner's Seat
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has made it clear from the start of his Senate run that he's focused on the Republican incumbent. But he still has a primary to win.
Strickland has mostly treated a spirited primary challenge by Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld as a pesky annoyance. At an editorial board meeting in Cleveland Strickland said he didn't see a reason to give Sittenfeld a platform.
The 74-year-old Strickland has state Democratic Party support and President Barack Obama's endorsement. The 31-year-old Sittenfeld has the endorsement of former Gov. Dick Celeste and some other veteran Democrats.
Republican Rob Portman also has a primary, but his campaign has also been anticipating a race with Strickland
Fifteen Republicans vie to succeed former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner in his western Ohio district.