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"Use The Force, Luke!" Skywalker Strikes In Ohio Senate Race

Portman could face a very tough  opponent if Hamill gets his way. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate candidate PG Sittenfeld has received another Hollywood endorsement, this time from Luke Skywalker.  

The actor who played Skywalker in the "Star Wars" franchise, Mark Hamill, has endorsed Sittenfeld, a Democrat running to to take on Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. In a YouTube video released by the campaign on Tuesday.  

“He's young ... he's energetic ... he's right on the issues ... and he'll make a very forceful senator,” Hamill said.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr3oZ1FkFgI  

The Sittenfeld campaign released an email with the subject, “Luke Skywalker Endorses Sittenfeld for Senate,” to announce the endorsement and the video. Hamill is an advocate for gun control and cited Sittenfeld’s commitment to change gun laws, which includes his call for a ban on military assault weapons and to stand up to the National Rifle Association. He said in the video that it “sickens” him “to see the horrific gun violence."  

“There is nothing make-believe about America’s epidemic of gun violence — and like me, Mark believes it’s time to fight back,” Sittenfeld said in response. “And thanks to Mark Hamill, I know ‘the force will be with me.’”  

In February, Sittenfeld was endorsed by actor Jonathan Banks, who starred in AMC’s "Breaking Bad" and is a D.C. native. He faces former Gov. Ted Strickland in the Democratic primary on March 15. Strickland picked up his own "skywalking" endorsement on Tuesday when Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut and twin brother of the recently returned astronaut Scott Kelly, and his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., endorsed the former governor.  

The Ohio Senate race is rated Tossup/Tilts Republican  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.  

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