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10/28/2010 07:00 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lee Fisher, Ohio Senate Candidate, Donates Last Dollars To State Democratic Party

Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher is battling accusations that he has given up on his campaign following news that he donated the last of his diminished war chest to the Ohio Democratic Party.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on Fisher's contribution:

He has given $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its final, aggressive get-out-the-vote drive. This is according to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, but the Fisher campaign confirms the donation and says it indeed came from Fisher's campaign account.

Fisher told the Plain Dealer that the move is not a surrender -- it's his best chance at winning.

Sen. Brown commended the action as a selfless move that would also help bolster the Democratic campaigns of the state's more competitive races, but the rhetoric he used has some wondering if Fisher hasn't already accepted defeat.

"Few times in the course of a rigorous, frenetic and difficult campaign do candidates step up and do something spectacular -- and unselfish," Brown said in an e-mail to supporters. "Lee Fisher just did."

Brown continued:

"Running against Karl Rove's Rolodex and fundraising machine, and running short of cash, Lee donated his last $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its get-out-the-vote effort. That will matter not just to Lee, but to the governor, to members of Congress who are under siege, to our ability to hold onto the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives, and most importantly, to the people of Ohio for years to come."

Fisher currently trails former Bush official Rob Portman by about 17 points, according to HuffPost Pollster's latest analysis of the race.

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