(CNN) – Two of the biggest names in Ohio Democratic politics launched campaigns for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, setting up a high-profile primary battle for the right to face off against Republican Rob Portman in 2010.
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher are both seeking the seat left open by Republican senator George Voinovich, who announced his retirement in January.
Brunner, perhaps best known outside Ohio for involvement in voter registration lawsuits in the weeks before to the 2008 presidential election, announced her bid this afternoon in email and web video sent to supporters.
Citing her experience as a small business owner and taking cues from President Obama’s economic recovery plan, she sketched a rough plan for job creation in a state with an unemployment rate approaching 8 percent.
“We’ve come too far to send the same people who got us into this crisis back to Washington,” Brunner said in a web video, a likely reference to Portman, a former congressman and top official in the Bush administration.
Fisher, who had already opened an exploratory committee and has the backing of Ohio’s popular governor, Ted Strickland, was not about to cede tomorrow’s headlines to his new rival.
Shortly after Brunner’s announcement, Fisher organized an evening press conference at the state house in Columbus to formally announce his candidacy, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Both Democrats lead Portman in a hypothetical matchup, with Fisher holding a slight advantage in surveys.
According to a Quinnipiac poll of Ohio registered voters released earlier this month, Fisher leads Portman 42 to 27 percent, with 29 percent undecided. Brunner holds a 38 to 28 percent edge over Portman, with 31 percent undecided.
Another Hillary clone? Hillary's confusion to add more to her already colorful resume over did by accepting the post of Secy of State. Give me more kind of women. Its written all over her face.
She sounds like a fighter, I hope she wins. Everyone in the country knows Ohio is in desperate need of change.
that's what we need more democrats....we need another democrat about as much as we need another stimulpork bill....
The Democrats had best hope Pelosi's stimulus package works–California is in the red thanks to liberal spending.
No doubt ACORN will support Brunner.
Ohio, stick with Portman.
The Dem crowd is aroused to a new level of enthusiasm, not seen in the recent past. On the contrary, it would be interesting to watch Jindal's response to Obama's state of the union address.
It will be interesting to watch
This should be interesting. Whoever wins, I'm sure the winner will be a democrat.
Jennifer is our candidate, She will go there and help clean the mess. We cannot afford any more six years of Repubs tear and dice polictics in the senate.
we support jennifer all the way
Having moved from Ohio a year ago it will be an interesting race, Voinivich, no matter that he was a republican, tried to work for the betterment of Ohio, I wonder how these two will fair compared to him, I already know that Portman is not an adequate replacement and is more a party hack than a representative of the people of Ohio.
good luck and may the best woman win! (Ok so my bias shows)
She was really good on The West Wing.
bRUNNER WILL BE THE NEXT us. SENATOR FROM ohio thank's Republicans
Is another demoncrate going to pad the ballot box?
Ohio needs good democratic leadership and I'm hoping these democrats will be able to oust the republicans in office.
The republican party is ruining Ohio – just as they are ruining every state.
It is my hope that Ohio is a harbinger of a democratic win in the mid term elections.
Rick is on here say ing the democrats are padding the ballot box. Florida Rick Florida. You see how that shook out and how we are doing now. Good thinking
I think Portman is toast in 2010. Go Democrats. Let us see if we can get to 70+ in the senate by 2010.
If the people of Illinois have any guts, they won't vote for the crook Brunner! ACORN will steal her the votes she needs, no doubt.
REPUBLICANS are and are proving they're dead weight. They need to be voted out. . . . Democrats are focusing on our economy and trying to find solutions to the problems created by the Republicans. GO DEMOCRATS!
One thing for sure: we need more funding for education. The spelling and grammar of many people submitting comments are atrocious! In some cases, one cannot understand the point the commenter is making.
Just more of the same crap. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, God help us if all we have to choose from is Portman, Brunner, and Fisher. All of these idiots allowed overspending that got Ohio into this mess. We need new fresh faces that will not go along with the political status quo. Come on OHIO, let's force both parties to give us candidates that are better than this!
I wish the nahaters woulkd give the President a chance do do his job. maybe if they would have been that critical of the past administration, our new administration would not have all these problems. President Obama has a huge job ahead of him, I pray he can pull it off for the co
untry as a whole.
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