Independent candidate joins Ohio’s US Senate race


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An independent candidate is challenging Republican incumbent Rob Portman and Democrat Ted Strickland in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the office of Secretary of State Jon Husted has confirmed that truck driver Scott Rupert of Mechanicsburg submitted 5,828 valid petition signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 52-year-old Rupert also ran as an independent in 2012, receiving 4.6 percent of the votes- a quarter million -in the race in which incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown defeated Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel.

He spent about $3,000 on his last campaign.

The Portman-Strickland campaign battle is expected to be one of the nation’s highest-spending as Democrats seek to unseat enough incumbents to retake control of the Senate.

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