WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democratic campaign committee has endorsed former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his race for the Senate in 2016, despite the presence of a second contender.
The party organization made its endorsement Tuesday. Strickland, 73, is challenging Republican Sen. Rob Portman.
Cincinnati city council member P.G. Sittenfeld, 30, also is seeking the Democratic nomination.
The decision to endorse Strickland is in contrast to the situation in Maryland, where Democrats are of two minds about taking sides in the competition to back a candidate to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Spokesman Justin Barasky says the Democratic campaign committee isn't backing anyone. But the party's Senate leader, Sen. Harry Reid, last week endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Rep. Donna Edwards is also running in that race, and other contenders are possible.