Ted Strickland

The One Senate Race Democrats Let Get Away
Ted Strickland's failure in Ohio raises questions over whether the party should continue pursuing white working-class voters

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, right, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, left, speak at a campaign stop in Marietta, Ohio. (Alex Roarty / CQ Roll Call)

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Ted Strickland and a lone supporter sat side by side Wednesday morning, six days before the election, getting to know each other.

Darwin Jirles, 73, had come to meet his former governor at a campaign stopover inside Theo’s, an 85-year-old family-style restaurant in this small southeast Ohio town known for its Coney Island hot dogs and homemade pie.

Democrats Pick Up First Seat, but Bayh Loses, Rubio Wins
Republicans say they are surprised things are this competitive given Trump, blue-state heavy map

Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has trailed his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty in 10 of the last 12 public polls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update: 8:38 p.m.

The first big result of the night (for Senate races) is in: Evan Bayh has lost his bid in Indiana to return to the Senate.

Have Senate Republicans Already Avoided a Worst-Case Scenario?
GOP is confident of wins in Ohio, Florida, and Arizona despite Trump

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman holds a commanding lead over former Gov. Ted Strickland in his re-election race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rob Portman’s lead is nearly 20 points (in some polls). Marco Rubio has a huge cash advantage. And of all the Republican senators running for re-election, John McCain’s reputation positions him best to withstand an anti-Republican wave.

Senate Republicans are bracing for an already difficult political climate to worsen in the coming weeks, cognizant that Donald Trump’s sexually inappropriate 2005 comments that were caught on video and a subsequent war of words with some GOP leaders could tank the entire party’s ticket.

The Senate: How the Challengers Rank
A new No. 1 rises thanks to his unexpected strength in a Republican state

Democrats are counting on Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to win his Senate race against Sen. Roy Blunt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

How bad can it get for the GOP?

That’s the question party strategists are asking themselves this week after the revelation last Friday of a video in which Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Already, former Trump supporters like Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada have decided to no longer back their own party’s presidential nominee. Other Republicans may not be far behind. 

Portman Posts Personal-Best Fundraising Haul
Ohio Republican is seen as a lock to win his Senate re-election race

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has been leading his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, by double digits in recent polls. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rob Portman raised $4.5 million in the third fundraising quarter, his campaign said Tuesday, a personal-best haul for the Ohio Republican who has proven to be one of the election cycle's top fundraisers. 

Portman's campaign raised $3.5 million, according to a press release, while the senator raised an additional $1 million for the Ohio Republican Party. 

Ratings Changes in 5 Senate Races
North Carolina and Missouri replace Ohio and Florida on competitive map

Two of the Republicans’ most vulnerable Senate seats are looking safer by the day, but the GOP’s majority is still in significant doubt with evolving Democratic takeover targets in North Carolina and Missouri.

Democrats outside of Ohio have all but ceded a second term to GOP Sen. Rob Portman. We’re changing The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rating from Leans Republican to Republican Favored

Portman Not Letting Up on Ads Despite Strickland Decline
Latest commercial features Gold Star family

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, second from right, has opened up a large lead against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite the downturn in support for his Democratic opponent, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman is not letting up on his ad blitz in his race for re-election.

In his latest ad, which will run statewide, Portman features the father of Staff Sgt. Matthew Maupin, who was captured and killed in Iraq.

Roger Wicker Waxes Optimistic About the Election
NRSC chairman says Senate races are going better than expected for GOP

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker is sure to receive credit if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate this November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The pressures of a blue state-heavy map, Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign, and “40 zillion” phone calls might have driven Roger Wicker to do something he hasn’t done since the 1970s.

Eat some Nutter Butters.

Poll: Portman Expands His Lead in Ohio
Results also show Trump leading Clinton by 5 points

In what was once a close race, Sen. Rob Portman, center, has steadily built a substantial lead over his challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Republican Sen. Rob Portman has expanded his lead against former Gov. Ted Strickland in the Ohio Senate race.

The Bloomberg Politics poll released Wednesday found that 53 percent of likely voters would vote for Portman if the election were held today while 36 percent would back Strickland.

Roll Call's Senate Challenger Rankings: Take Two
Who are the strongest — and weakest — nonincumbents running for Senate?

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This election season has been rife with talk of how the national political climate, shaped by the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, affects the undercard fight over control of the Senate.

But candidate quality matters, especially in a year with so many potentially close races.