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 would be nominated. After Kasich bowed out Wednesday, Portman’s campaign reiterated that he intends to support the nominee.