Portman books $14M on TV in Senate race against Strickland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is flexing his cash advantage over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland by snapping up $14 million of targeted TV time now for ads to air across Ohio through Election Day.

Portman is considered among the Senate’s most vulnerable Republicans this cycle, as he faces the well-known former governor.

His campaign says the ad buys in all 10 Ohio media markets will be complete by Thursday. Another $1 million is being spent on YouTube ads.

Portman campaign manager Corry Bliss says spots will appear during big television events, including prime-time Ohio State football games, or be micro-targeted to Ohio viewers’ favorite shows in various markets.

Strickland significantly lags Portman in cash. His campaign says Portman needs more money to win because many Ohioans know little about him.

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