Ohio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat

Ohio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat
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Democrat Danny O’Connor will not run for retiring Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanKellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council MORE’s (R-Ohio) Senate seat in 2022 and is planning instead on a campaign for the House. 

“I believe that I can get a lot of good stuff done for the people of central Ohio as a member of the House of Representatives, whether it’s access to paid family leave, whether it’s ensuring that we’re focused on economic growth in this region and higher wages for the people who work hard every single day," O’Connor said, according to The Columbus Dispatch

O’Connor was one of several Democrats weighing a bid to try and flip Portman’s pivotal seat. Other potential candidates include former Ohio state Health Director Amy Acton, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanBusinessman Mike Gibbons jumps into GOP Senate race in Ohio Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (D-Ohio) and Ohio state House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes.


On the Republican side, former Ohio state GOP chairwoman Jane Timken and former state Treasurer Josh Mandel have already announced campaigns. Others have floated Senate bids, including businessman Mike Gibbons and Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversFormer Ohio health director won't run for Senate Ohio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat Meeting between Trump, Ohio Senate candidates turns tense: report MORE (R-Ohio).

Decennial redistricting means Ohio’s congressional map is expected to change, and the state could lose one of its House seats. 

This would not be O’Connor’s first time running for the House. He faced Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) in a 2018 special election to replace former Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiOhio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Ohio New Members 2019 MORE (R-Ohio). He ultimately lost that race by less than 1 percentage point.

Democrats have weathered a series of disappointing statewide defeats in Ohio in recent years as the state has lurched to the right. But they believe that Portman’s coming retirement has given them an opening to expand their ultra-narrow Senate majority.