PARMA -- U.S. Senate candidate/state Treasurer Josh Mandel sought parade votes in Ohio's seventh largest city on Wednesday.
It's a Parma tradition. The Parma Jaycees' Fourth of July parade drew large crowds, despite the sizzling, sweltering temperatures.
Predictably, the parade also drew a big batch of politicians and office holders.
One who stood out in this sea of mostly Democrats was Republican Mandel, who is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Mandel marched with a legion of supporters, most of whom live outside of Parma.
The political energy was heightened as the city gets ready for Thursday's visit from President Barack Obama.
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Mandel claims he thinks of Parma as a city that values personal responsibility and those who have served their country whether they are Democrats or Republicans.
Many in the crowd said the Supreme Court's recent ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act makes his race with Brown more important as both parties battle for control of the Senate.
Mandel deflected questions about campaign controversies, including references to issues surrounding Brown's divorce.
Mandel said he'd be spending the rest of the Fourth with his family at a barbecue.
Brown had no campaign events scheduled for the Fourth of July.