Ex-challenger supports Ohio Democratic nominee for US Senate

P.G. Sittenfeld endorsed Strickland for the Senate seat in a video Monday

FILE - In this May 5, 2012 file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speaks before a campaign rally for President Barack Obama at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Strickland said he's too focused on winning the 2016 general election for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Rob Portman to debate Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, his Democratic primary challenger. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE - In this May 5, 2012 file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speaks before a campaign rally for President Barack Obama at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Strickland said he's too focused on winning the 2016 general election for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Rob Portman to debate Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, his Democratic primary challenger. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Cincinnati city councilman who lost to former Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate nomination is now endorsing his former rival.

Cleveland.com reports P.G. Sittenfeld endorsed Strickland for the Senate seat in a video Monday. He praised Strickland’s “graciousness and thoughtfulness and humility” toward him after the campaign. Sittenfeld criticized Strickland during the campaign over gun control and others issues.

The councilman received 22 percent of the primary vote.

Sittenfeld’s video says there’s a season for highlighting differences and a season for coming together to champion a Democratic vision for the future.

The swing-state race between Strickland and Republican incumbent Rob Portman is being closely watched nationally. Democrats see Ohio as among possible opportunities to win enough seats to retake a Senate majority.

Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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