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Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, has put an end to speculation that he might run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination by saying he will run for a second term in the Senate.

Portman, the 59-year-old first term senator from Terrace Park, had been mulling over the possibility of a 2016 run for the presidency for months, encouraged by political advisers and major GOP campaign contributors.

Portman told WVXU Tuesday that he is looking forward to being part of the new Republican majority in the Senate - a majority he helped create as the Senate GOP's chief fundraiser in 2014.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik about the possibility that Ohio will host both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2016; and the chances of Cincinnati to land one in 2020.

If there was ever any question that Ohio would once again be a pivotal state in the 2016 presidential election, it was laid to rest last week.

On Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced that Columbus was among three finalists for the 2016 presidential nominating convention – the others being Philadelphia and New York.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning on Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune weighing in on the selection of a new Ohio Democratic Party chair; and what lies in the party's future after a bad election cycle.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune had a really bad experience with the Ohio Democratic Party early this year – especially with state party chairman Chris Redfern.

Last December, Portune – the only Democrat on the county commission – started crisscrossing the state in an attempt to build support to run for Ohio governor.

The problem was that Portune started too late – Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive – had been campaigning since early in 2013; and had already wrapped up the party establishment and the endorsement of the state party.