In Ohio, GOP incumbent, former governor wage heated race


CINCINNATI (AP) — Like two vintage heavyweight boxers battling for the title belt, Republican Sen. Rob Portman and former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland are trading a relentless series of punches and counter-punches, with control of the U.S. Senate potentially on the line in Ohio.

“Beltway Rob” and “Retread Ted,” as their campaigns call each other, have been going at it for well over a year. They still have four months left, and millions more to spend.

Their saturation conflict across TV, radio, websites and social media has already worn thin on some voters. One says she’s tired of all “the meanness;” another says the race is “about who has the most money.”

With high stakes and two veteran politicians in a closely divided state, it’s expected to be a tough fight to finish.

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