Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman released an ad on Thursday taunting his Democratic challenger that he was endorsed by two of the state's unions, including the Ohio Teamsters and the state's Fraternal Order of Police.
Portman is running for reelection to his Senate seat against Democrat Ted Strickland, the former governor of the state.
According to Politico
, Strickland had those endorsements when he ran for governor in 2006 and 2010. "The people who know Ted Strickland best are saying no to his run for the U.S. Senate," Portman's ad said.
"He's lost the support of the United Mine Workers and Teamsters. Ted Strickland used to listen to us on issues like coal, manufacturing jobs, and the Second Amendment. But he's changed."
The Ohio Teamsters endorsement was valuable because that group also endorsed other Democrats around Ohio and supported Barack Obama in his 2012 reelection campaign, according to Politico.
Strickland's campaign countered that other unions are supporting Strickland, including the United Auto Workers, AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters.
Democrats were surprised Portman received the endorsements, according to Cincinnati.com
Portman's backing of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could hurt his chances for reelection, although Portman has tried to distance himself from Trump, reports Cincinnati.com.
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