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Between the Lines: Party chairmen, Portman VP? Senate race

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Rick Santorum's ending his campaign clears the way for Mitt Romney to focus on consolidating the Republican Party for his battle with President Obama.

And the President is ready to go after Romney.

Both Ohio's political parties have had internal struggles about who should be their chairmen to oversee important Republican campaign efforts.

Kevin DeWine is stepping down for Republicans, avoiding a messy battle with Governor John Kasich who wanted him out.  Former party boss, Cleveland's Bob Bennett, will run the party through the elections as an interim chairman.

Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern faced a challenge from disgruntled auto and construction workers and Lorain lawyer Anthony Giardini.

Redfern won re-election.

What were the issues? And will internal party dissension impact the November election?

Senator Rob Portman's name keeps coming up as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney.

Portman says he plans to stay in the Senate. What are his chances?

And Republican Josh Mandel and Senator Sherrod Brown are squaring off in a race that's important to see which party controls the Senate.

Have recent stories about Mandel's hiring campaign staffers for prominent Treasurer's jobs damaged him?

Should Senator Brown be worried that he polls below 50 percent, despite a long political career and familiar name?

Tom Beres discusses these subjects with Plain Dealer Columnists Mark Naymik and Joe Frolik on this edition of Between the Lines.

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