Update: (from Forbes.com: The United Auto Workers said its 17 area councils and 10 at-large representatives had voted 26-1 for Hackett)

We’ve been hearing about this for awhile, but it goes official now. Ohio UAW is behind Hackett. This is surely a blow to the Brown campaign, thought how big electorally it remains to be seen given the weakened power of unions:

States Largest Union Comes Out Strong for Iraq War Veteran

Columbus, OH – Paul Hackett, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate, today received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers. The UAW is Ohio’s largest union with more than 175,000 members throughout each of the state’s 88 counties.

“I’m honored to have the UAW in my corner. Their fight is my fight. As Ohio’s next U.S. Senator I’ll stand up to the special interests and career politicians in Washington that have allowed thousands of good paying jobs to be shipped overseas,” said Hackett.

Hackett continued, “I look forward to working with the UAW and the working families they represent during my campaign to bring real change and leadership to Washington. The people of Ohio deserve a leader, not a rubber stamp for the failed policies of the Bush administration.”

Formal endorsement event to be held on Tuesday. Brown replied via Grow Ohio:

For almost 29 years I have fought for America’s working families and have enjoyed the UAW endorsement in every election I have run.

I will continue to speak out for worker rights, and to demand trade agreements that will bring good paying jobs with benefits to Ohio.

Union workers have built Ohio and our nation. I have been proud to call them friends while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. I look forward to fighting for them in the United State Senate.

We are in this together.

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