Progressive Democrat Morgan Harper enters U.S. Senate race in Ohio

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In this photo from March 10, 2020, Morgan Harper, Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District running against four-term Democratic incumbent Joyce Beatty, poses for a photo at Elite Boxing Gym in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Progressive Morgan Harper is running for U.S. Senate in Ohio.

The 38-year-old Stanford-educated attorney, who began life in foster care, announced her bid Wednesday for the seat held by retiring Republican Rob Portman. She faces 10-term Congressman Tim Ryan in the Democratic primary.

Harper, who is Black, drew national attention last year when she won 32% of the primary vote against veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty in Ohio’s young, diverse 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Columbus and Franklin County.

A former senior policy adviser at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Harper says she can provide the “fresh voice” needed to flip the seat for Democrats.

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