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Portman, Strickland Agree To Three October Debates In U.S. Senate Contest

Karen Kasler
Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland (left) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

The two major party candidates for US Senate have agreed to a series of three debates in one week in October.

Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic challenger and former Gov. Ted Strickland will meet for three hour long debates – in Youngstown on October 14, in Columbus on October 17 and at the City Club of Cleveland on October 20. It’s notable that they won’t debate in either Strickland’s former Congressional district in southeast Ohio nor in Portman’s hometown of Cincinnati – and the debate series also skips northwest Ohio, home to many voters likely concerned about manufacturing and trade. Recent polls have shown the early lead Strickland enjoyed has evaporated, with Portman leading by an average of nearly 6 points.

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