YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Democratic leaders are making a push across the state to reinvigorate Ted Strickland’s campaign for U.S. Senate in these last few weeks before early voting starts.
Tuesday, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper kicked off the first in a series of stops across Ohio, along with Valley Congressman Tim Ryan and local Autoworkers Union leaders. They’re trying to convince voters to support Strickland over incumbent Rob Portman.
The tour comes after different Democratic political action committees have pulled roughly $7 million in advertising money away from Strickland’s campaign.
“You obviously want every dollar you can on TV, but at the end of the day, Ohio generally is always close and we know that; and when it’s close, having a strong ground game makes a difference,” Pepper said.
Supporters of Portman argue they too have a strong grassroots campaign, with more than 1,500 volunteers across the state.
In recent months, Portman has seen a growing lead over Strickland in the polls.