WASHINGTON (CNN) – A freshman Democrat in the Senate who could face a challenging re-election next year is building up his campaign war chest.
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio raised $1.3 million in the first three months of this year, according to Brown campaign officials, who add that the senator has $2.5 million cash on hand.
Brown doesn't have an official Republican challenger yet, but Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has taken the first formal steps towards a candidacy, allowing him to raise money.
Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, both consider the contest competitive but rank the race right now as "Lean Democrat."
A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month indicated that 43 percent of Ohio voters approved of the job Brown's doing as senator, with 27 percent disapproving and three in ten unsure.
By a 45-30 percent margin, they said he deserves re-election and by a 45-29 percent margin, they said they would vote for him over an unnamed Republican challenger.
Then-Rep. Brown defeated Republican Sen. Mike DeWine by 12 points in 2006. Barack Obama carried Ohio in the 2008 presidential election, and Democrats also captured three GOP held House seats. But Republicans won big in the Buckeye state last November, recapturing the governorship and five House seats.
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Sen. Brown desreves re-election. He is always on the right side of an issue. Besides, when you have a fascists governor like Kasich, I wouldn't be surpised to see alot of republican state senators lose their job.
Brown looks out for Ohioans, so the Kochs will spend big bucks to defeat him.
brown was so far left the past few years he sounded like bernie sanders....being a big union guy no longer is a shoe in... ck last election in wisconson court election... union use all they had and were beat again... brown better get to the center fast...
Thanks for the reminder. I will sent some $ his way.
The GOP has lost ground with voters, over their battle with unions, and their continuing persecution of those seeking abortion, and the gay community.
While this country likely cannot survive another 4 yr spending spree by Obama, if the GOP is going to mount a credible candidate, they have their work cut out for them, to convince the voters they will do a good job, without becoming dictators.
Obama has been as close to a dictator as I want to see, in this country.
This dude is left of Ho Chi Minh. Ohio won't be fooled again.
Why would you be challenged sir? Hopefully a Teapartier will run against you. Great scenario for Dems. Shoe in for Dems! The Repubs have already "Screwed Themselves" in the Buget Hold-out for abortion,and lies "ABOUT JOBS. Their finished,"The Big Unknown Factor,there,s still alot of Brainless people in this country. Just let them babble on. No Worries!