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Brown touts auto industry bailout at Middletown rally

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, locked in a tough race for re-election, will rally with union workers and Democratic supporters Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to his role in the 2009 auto industry bailout, which he says saved 850,00 Ohio jobs.

The rally is at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union hall at 1100 Crawford St. in Middletown.

Brown's campaign chose Middletown for the rally because AK Steel, located in that Butler County city, produces some of the steel for the Chevy Cruze, an Ohio-built auto.

A Washington Post poll released this week showed Brown with a wide lead over his Republican challenger, state treasurer Josh Mandel. Brown had 53 percent support among likely Ohio voters to Mandel's 39 percent. Other polls have shown a closer race.

The rally is open to the public. The gates open at 3 p.m.