COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican hopes to unseat liberal Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio next year are riding on Josh Mandel. The boyish-looking, 33-year-old Marine veteran was touted as a rising GOP star after knocking off an incumbent by 14 points to take the state treasurer's seat last fall in his first statewide race.
This time around he's emerged as a prime target for Democrats in a key swing state. His fledgling campaign has been shaken by allegations of questionable campaign donations and ethical lapses, and a broken promise.
Democrats have already hit Mandel on several fronts, even though a recent poll has Brown beating Mandel 49-34 percent.