COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Democrats have selected a seasoned statewide officeholder with a gift for fundraising to try to win an open U.S. Senate seat this fall.
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, a former state attorney general endorsed by the governor, soundly defeated Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for the party's nod. He now faces Republican Rob Portman, a former Bush budget director and trade rep, in the fall.
Brunner bucked the party establishment in her bid to become Ohio's first woman senator. She pitched the move with voters as a mark of courage. She ultimately lacked the campaign cash and name ID to overcome Fisher's party ties and fundraising prowess.