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The battle between incumbent Republican Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat is a flat-footed tie, according to a poll released Wednesday morning.

The Quinnipiac University poll had both candidates with 42 percent support. The pollsters say the race has been too close to call for months. The full poll is available here.

 The race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a dead heat at this point in the crucial swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning.

But the poll – which had Clinton and Trump in a flat-footed tie at 40 percent each – may be a slight improvement for the Democratic candidate, who trailed Trump by four percentage points in a Quinnipiac poll released in May.

The poll showed that women voters are moving to Clinton in greater numbers. Clinton's support among women is at 48 percent now, compared to 43 percent in May.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinon talked with Tana Weingartner Monday about the challenges Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face within their own parties. Clinton is anxiously waiting for Sen. Bernie Sanders to formally end his campaign and tell his millions of supporter to vote for Clinton, while Donald Trump is apparently going to be the nominee of a party where many top GOP leaders are saying they can't support his candidacy.

  Thursday night, Bernie Sanders looked into a TV camera and spoke for 23 minutes to approximately 220,000 of his most fervent supporters via a live-stream feed.

The Vermont senator, who rallied millions of voters to his cause during the primary and caucus season, said many things during his 23 minutes.

Except the one thing that Hillary Clinton and her supporters were hoping to hear:

I will vote for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States and I urge all of my supporters to do the same.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has served two years as special assistant to President Obama and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than twelve years, he negotiated the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was to have held a fundraising event late Monday afternoon at the home of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, but it has been postponed, according to sources close to the mayor. 

 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday on the life and career of George Voinovich, one of the most significant figures in the history of Ohio politics. The former governor and U.S. Senator died Sunday at the age of 79. 

There can be no denying the historic nature of the moment in late July when Hillary Clinton steps to the podium at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to become the first woman nominated by a major party as its presidential candidate.

"I'm grateful that it is happening in my lifetime,'' said Kathy Helmbock, a Clinton supporter and a long-time activist in feminist organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus.

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Update 06/09/16:   A source said Thursday there will be no public event, because of time restraints on the candidate. 

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will be in Cincinnati Monday for a private fundraising event. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Wednesday morning about the election Tuesday of businessman and former soldier Warren Davidson, a Republican, to the 8th Congressional District seat vacated by John Boehner's resignation last fall. Davidson won with a massive vote, 77 percent, but only about six percent of the district's 471,273 voters bothered to cast a ballot. 

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