CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Democrats are happy for businessman Donald Trump — that is, happy for the prospect of the brash presumptive Republican presidential nominee topping the opposition ticket in November.
Party Chairman David Pepper says Democrats are preparing for a tough campaign in the swing state, but think Trump could lift Democratic turnout while complicating other Republicans’ campaigns.
He says Trump’s campaign tone puts Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman “in a very difficult position” in his tight race for re-election against former Gov. Ted Strickland. As Pepper spoke Thursday, an aide held up a poster with a large Portman photo calling on him to “denounce Trump.”
Portman had hoped Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) would be nominated. After Kasich bowed out Wednesday, Portman’s campaign reiterated that he intends to support the nominee.