Teamsters back Portman over Strickland in US Senate race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Another labor union is backing Republican Rob Portman over rival Ted Strickland in Ohio’s closely watched contest for U.S. Senate.

The announcement Monday by the 50,000-member Ohio Conference of Teamsters was an important campaign endorsement for Portman and a political blow to Strickland. The Democrat is a former governor and congressman whose strong relationships with labor have helped him win elections.

In June, Portman won the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America. It was a setback for Strickland who has campaigned on his roots in coal-rich Appalachia and his history of supporting area mineworkers.

With spending in the millions, the campaign could be one of the nation’s most expensive Senate race this year.



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