Democrats Scramble To Compete For Senate Seat

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Two of Ohio’s most prominent Democratic state officeholders are running for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will both seek the party’s nomination to replace Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who is not running re-election.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern says Brunner is set to announce her campaign Tuesday.

Fisher told supporters and political associates in an e-mail Tuesday that he had decided over the weekend to run.

Brunner and Fisher join Republican Rob Portman as the only candidates in the race so far. Portman is a former Cincinnati congressman who also served as budget director under President George W. Bush.