Ohio governor backs Clinton

Hillary Clinton won a key endorsement today from Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who, when elected last year, became Ohio's first Democratic governor in 16 years.

Strickland announced his support in a conference call with reporters. The announcement gives Clinton support in a pivotal battleground state - Ohio has played a key role in recent presidential elections. In 2004, President Bush narrowly beat John Kerry in the state. And if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Strickland's endorsement could land him on the shortlist of vice presidential candidates. A former Methodist minister, psychologist and professor, Strickland was later elected to Congress before becoming governor.

- Sarah Liebowitz