Democrats Vying For Portman's Seat

Six Democrats vying to run for Portman's seat

Six Democrats say they are interested in running for Rob Portman's soon-to-be-vacated seat in Ohio's heavily Republican second congressional district.

Democratic leaders say they would prefer to avoid a primary to find a candidate to replace Portman, who has been nominated to become the US trade representative. The primary is expected sometime this summer, and the Democrat who emerges would have an uphill battle for the district that Portman has held with substantial vote margins for the last 12 years.

Six Republicans also say they will run for the seat. The most prominent Democrat among those running is Waynesville mayor Charles W- Sanders, who has run against Portman four times. Sanders had his best showing in 2004, when he took 28 percent of the vote.