Dem Senate Candidate Ted Strickland Cancels Ad Buys in Ohio

Not good for Ted. 3 days after the pro-Strickland group Senate Majority PAC yanked $3 million in TV ad time in Ohio, Democrat Ted Strickland is now canceling big ad buys in 4 major cities.

This comes a day after a new Quinnipiac poll showed Republican Rob Portman with an 11-point lead over Strickland in Ohio.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is canceling a portion of his television ad buys across the state Friday, shortly after other Democratic groups began to pull ads backing his Senate campaign.

Strickland's campaign is scrapping ad buys in Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown over the next two weeks, according to two sources tracking ad buys. It's unclear how much money the campaign plans to withdraw, but a source tells The Hill the campaign had about $550,000 devoted to those markets over the time span.

Strickland is challenging incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The seat was thought to be a potential pickup for the Democrats, but Portman leads by about 7 points, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average. David Bergstein, a Strickland campaign spokesman, said that the campaign is just shifting its resources into other markets.

"We are spending the same amount of money as we planned to over the next two weeks," he said. "Just like all campaigns, we shift resources into different media markets throughout the race