Incoming Ohio Attorney General dismisses talks of Senate run
COLUMBUS, Ohio: Incoming Republican State Attorney General sought to stave off continued talk of him making another attempt to run for the United States Senate on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 after a new poll showed him neck-and-neck with Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in the lead up to his 2012 re-election bid. Public Policy Polling, a Democratic Party-affiliated polling firm based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, released a survey showing Mike DeWine was the first choice among state Republicans for the party nomination in the contest and that, in a hypothetical match-up, he would be tied with Brown, each receiving forty-three percent of those interviewed.
DeWine, who lost his United States Senate seat to Brown fourteen years ago and who narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray for State Attorney General last month, spoke with several local newspapers to nix talk about a Senate run, saying, "I am planning on being attorney general. I am not running for U.S. Senate."