Ohio Senate

Portman Holds Onto Ohio Senate Seat
Ohio senator is thought to have run one of the better Senate campaigns of the cycle

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has been re-elected to a second term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rob Portman will hold onto his Senate seat, defeating former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, the Associated Press projects.

The Associated Press called the race as soon as polling place in Ohio close, indicating Portman likely won re-election easily. Portman had been leading by more than 20 points in recent polls of the race.

Gay Marriage Stand Won't Cost Ohio GOP Senator His Seat
Portman begins to pull away in battleground state

Citing his college-age son, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman became the first Republican senator to back marriage equality. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced his decision to support marriage equality in March of 2013, he explained that his change of heart on the issue came after learning that his college-age son, Will, is gay. “It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have," Portman told local reporters.

The immediate question at the time was how the Ohio freshman senator’s reversal on gay marriage would affect his re-election chances in 2016. Running in the battleground state of Ohio would guarantee a close race no matter what. Going it alone as the first Republican senator ever to support marriage equality meant Portman could be risking his seat, if not his career.

Trump May Not Drag Down Senate Candidates
Early polls have Trump and Clinton head to head, with Senate races also tight

Democrats continue to try to tie Ayotte to Trump despite Trump polling closely with Clinton. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are wasting no opportunity to lash any Republican to Donald Trump, whose turbulent run to the brink of the GOP presidential nomination has upended the party. But contrary to conventional wisdom, a sampling of polling suggests that he actually may not hurt Senate candidates this fall.  

A recent WBUR poll showed Trump running just two points behind likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire — that’s head-to-head when the margin of error is considered.  

How Much of a Weight Is Trump on Portman?
Meeting came same day Portman announced $15 million in advertising

Portman's war chest might mitigate the effect of Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is moving heaven and earth to get voters to connect Republican Sen. Rob Portman with Donald Trump.  

But whether or not it will stick remains to be seen. Trump and Clinton are neck-and-neck in Ohio. And Portman has a big cash advantage.  

Who Had the Best Fundraising Quarter?
Key Senate races show divide in funding

Portman has $13.5 million in cash on hand. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With Senate primaries underway, many candidates are touting their fundraising prowess ahead of the general election to show they have the resources to win.  

Several Republicans who won their seats in the 2010 GOP wave now have to defend them in a presidential year, when Democrats tend to have higher turnout. Some of these candidates have posted strong numbers, but a couple of Democratic challengers also pulled in impressive hauls.  

Portman's Personal Appeal on Heroin Epidemic Fight
Campaign cuts ad featuring father who lost son to opioid abuse

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, testifies during a hearing on the impact of heroin and prescription drug abuse. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rob Portman's campaign to persuade the House to act on the Senate's legislation to combat opioid abuse is becoming part of his re-election campaign, too.  

On Tuesday, the Ohio Republican is rolling out a new web ad in an outreach to voters that features a message from Wayne Campbell, a constituent who lost his son Tyler to an overdose of prescription painkillers. He then founded a nonprofit.