Strickland Spending Two Days Campaigning in Region

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LISBON, Ohio (AP) – Former Gov. Ted Strickland is visiting his union-heavy home base in eastern Ohio to remind voters of his pro-labor record as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

Strickland stopped by a popular all-night diner in Lisbon Wednesday morning as part of a campaign trip that also included visits to Struthers in suburban Youngstown, Martins Ferry and Marietta.

Strickland, a former long-time Democratic congressman and one-term governor, recently lost the coal industry endorsement to Portman.

Some believe anger about perceived anti-coal comments by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton played into Strickland losing coal’s backing.

Strickland says he believes miners were more worried about their pensions than politics. He says he expects to coordinate with Clinton during election season and work together to get out the vote.

LISBON, Ohio (AP) – U.S. Senate challenger Ted Strickland is making a two-day swing through eastern and southern Ohio in the wake of losing a critical coal mine union’s endorsement.

The former Ohio governor plans stops in Struthers, Lisbon, Martins Ferry and Marietta on Wednesday. Thursday stops have not yet been released.

The Democrat is expected to remind voters in the union-heavy region of his pro-labor record as he seeks to unseat Republican Rob Portman. Portman landed the endorsement last week of the United Mine Workers of America’s National Council of Coal Miners PAC. COMPAC backed both Strickland’s runs for governor.

In tandem with the planned visits, the Strickland campaign launched what it’s calling an Appalachian regional website Tuesday. The site focuses on Portman not growing up in the region.