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Report: Brown among short list for Clinton running mate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is among those being considered as a possible running mate for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to a report Saturday in The New York Timers, Brown is among a list of those being looked at by the Democratic frontrunner’s campaign, as she anticipates clinching her party’s nomination and focusing on the general election.

Brown, who was re-elected to his second Senate term in 2012 by a wide margin, would bring electoral success as a candidate in his crucial home swing state to the campaign.

Others the Times cited as being under consideration are U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Brown, previously served as a U.S. representative for 14 years and as Ohio’s secretary of state. He is considered one the most prominent voices on labor issues and could boost the ticket’s appeal to rust belt states of the Midwest.

As a favorite of the party’s liberal wing, Brown may also be seen as a pick to unite the party after the primary contest between Clinton and her more liberal challenger, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Ohio is considered a battleground in the 2016 presidential election, with both parties expected to campaign heavily in the state.

On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is running in his party’s primaries. While polling third nationally and mathematically eliminated from attaining a delegate majority in state contests, Kasich could find a path to a nomination in the scenario of a contest convention and would likely be on a shortlist a vice presidential picks for his party’s eventual nominee.

The Republicans are set to host their national convention in Cleveland from July 18-21.