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Well, here's a cheery bit of news to start your day - newly blue Ohio governor Ted Strickland - long mentioned as a heavy duty VP pick for any of the candidates - has chosen to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.

Hillary Clinton has scored the most coveted Democratic endorsement from arguably the most important swing state in the nation: Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio.

A bit more below the jump.

Strickland is a hugely popular Democratic governor of a coveted swing state.

Strickland's support could provide a counterpunch to Clinton's rivals' claims that she is too polarizing to win a general election. A new Ohio Poll from the University of Cincinnati today pegs the governor's approval rating at 69 percent, including 65 percent among Republicans and 68 percent among independents.

Clinton and Strickland have a long history of working together. It's exciting to think what we're going to able to do with a Democratic president and congress.

Strickland and Clinton go way back: They worked together on her ill-fated universal health care plan in the 1990s, when Clinton was First Lady and Strickland was a congressman from southern Ohio. Strickland has long called Clinton a personal friend.

Last year, Ohio Democrats estimated Clinton raised nearly $500,000 for Strickland and Sherrod Brown, the then-congressman who unseated Sen. Mike DeWine. Bill Clinton raised at least $225,000 more for Strickland.

I know people in Ohio will disagree with me, but I'd love to see the VP pick come his way.

Anyway, congrats to Clinton on this hot endorsement.

Originally posted to lorelynn on Fri Nov 09, 2007 at 09:42 AM PST.

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