Jerry Springer to decide on Senate bid

July 12, 2003 at 12:47 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 12 (UPI) -- Talk show host Jerry Springer has confirmed he plans to file papers with Ohio election officials to lay the groundwork for a possible Senate bid.

While the 59-year-old Springer has yet to make a formal announcement, the paperwork was necessary so the television talk show host could avoid problems raising cash before declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, E! Online reported.

According to his political adviser, Mike Ford, Springer will make an official decision whether to launch a campaign by the end of this month.

Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati, has already started airing infomercials in other states to test the waters, build a support base, and raise the necessary funds to take on State Senator Eric Fingerhut, the leading Democratic challenger.

If Springer beats Fingerhut in the primary, he'll go head-to-head with incumbent Republican Sen. George Voinovich.

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