Sen. Rob Portman (R), fresh from his landslide re-election to a second term in November, yesterday publicly endorsed state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) who is challenging the state’s other Senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown. Considering that Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Franklin County) last week announced that he will not enter the statewide race, Sen. Portman is calling upon all Republicans to unite behind Mr. Mandel as he again seeks to unseat Sen. Brown. In 2012, the two battled in a fierce campaign with Brown winning re-election, 51-45%. The Ohio contest figures to be a top 2018 US Senate battleground.
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