Third in the "Senate Races to Watch" series by political expert and campaign veteran Nathan Sproul, the founder and managing director of Lincoln Strategy Group.
Dating back quite some time–even as long as a year ago–the race between Ohio incumbent Republican senator Rob Portman and Democratic nominee Ted Strickland looked as though it would be one of the closer contests of 2016. For months, polling numbers lept back and forth between the two candidates, some showing Strickland leading Portman by as many as nine points then, a few months later, Portman back up by three. The back-and-forth trend continued as both candidates could claim small, single-digit leads in polls as the November election approached.
To read Nathan Sproul's full blog on this senate race, visit: nathansproul.com/nathan-sproulsenate-race-to-watch-ohio/