National Democratic groups delaying ads in Ohio Senate race

Mark Duncan

Mark Duncan

The independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is delaying a planned ad buy on behalf of Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland, according to a report, fueling concerns among Democrats that the former governor's race against Republican Sen.

The group - whose mission is to augment the efforts of Senate Democrats - joined the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in pushing its initial reservation back from September 6 to September 20, The Washington Post reported. However, the developments clearly signal Democratic unease with the state of affairs in OH, where Strickland has struggled and is getting outspent while Portman runs a strong and disciplined campaign for a second term.

But Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein says that was a strategic move. Party committees can spend a limited amount of money on TV ads in direct coordination with candidates. Democrats viewed OH is a prime pickup opportunity in their quest to retake Senate control and celebrated luring Strickland into the race, but the aging former governor has run an underwhelming campaign.

The DSCC's decision, which nixed about $500,000 worth of advertising, is by no means final. Rob Portman is outpacing his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, in what was supposed to be a tough re-election race. By July 1, Portman had raised more than $15 million, the most of any endangered incumbent in the Senate, and he headed into the home stretch of the campaign with a war chest of $13.2 million.

The incumbent has leveraged that edge by defining Strickland as the governor who lost more than 350,000 jobs in his single term in office, with the ad broken down by region to show how many jobs were lost in certain regions of the state.

Meanwhile, Strickland has tried to offset those attacks with an ad of his own, explaining that he was governor during the Great Recession and touting that he balanced the state's budget every year.

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