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Blackwell encourages Rep. Jim Jordan to run for Senate
The former Secretary of State says Jordan should run if the statehouse carves up his south-central Ohio disrtict and eliminates his House seat
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Republican Rep. Jim Jordan front speaking in May of 2010. House Speaker John Boehner is in the background on the left.
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Ohio’s former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell says fellow tea party Republican Rep. Jim Jordan should take on his own party if it tries to eliminate his district. Jordan was a vocal opponent of House Speaker John Boehner during the debt-ceiling debates. The Columbus Dispatch reports that as a result Boehner has endorsed a redistricting plan that would carve up Jordan’s south-central Ohio district.

Blackwell says if that happens, Jordan should run in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. 

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If he follows Blackwell’s advice, Jordan would likely be running against state Treasurer Josh Mandel and former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin. The winner would take on Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012.

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