Democrat's Ohio governor bid still uncertain

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A long-time Cincinnati-area officeholder says he's having trouble lining up a running mate for his Democratic bid for governor.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune (POOR'-toon) was expected to Thursday announce a decision on whether he will officially file to run. However, he tells The Associated Press that he hasn't gotten anyone to say "yes" to running with him as lieutenant governor.

He is running out of time before the Feb. 5 filing deadline, but says he hasn't given up yet.

Portune said on Dec. 30 that he was challenging Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald for the Democratic nomination. FitzGerald has been running for months and has party backing, but Portune said he was hearing from rank-and-file Democrats a desire for a choice in the May 6 primary.

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