CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman and his re-election team have been beating the bushes and sifting through reams of data for more than a year.
Donald Trump has visited the state once since clinching the GOP presidential nomination.
Republicans say Trump needs to take a page from Portman’s playbook. They worry that Trump’s flyby approach to one of the most important states on the electoral map won’t give him the edge he needs over Democrat Hillary Clinton, who already has a strong Ohio operation.
Portman narrowly leads his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, while Trump and Clinton are deadlocked in Ohio.
Some Republicans complain that Trump could be ahead if he were to make a more specialized effort in the state.