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.