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Luke Skywalker latest to endorse Sittenfeld

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 10:31:07-05

CINCINNATI -- It looks like Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld secured the Jedi vote in the race for U.S. Senate.

Star Wars good guy Luke Skywalker (actually, actor Mark Hamill) is the latest celebrity to make a video endorsing Sittenfeld.

"You know, it sickens me to see gun violence in a country I love perpetrating even the most innocent of school children, followed by the politicians doing absolutely nothing," Hamill said in the video. "That's why, when you go to the polls on March 15, you should consider voting for P.G. Sittenfeld. He'll work to ban assault weapons, work for common sense gun safety, and he'll stand up to the NRA."

In the video, Hamill didn't pass up the opportunity to make a cheesy Star Wars joke.

"He's young, he's energetic, he's right on the issues...and he'll make a very forceful senator," he said.

Two weeks ago, Jonathan Banks -- who plays Mike Ehrmantraut on "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" -- made a similar video endorsing Sittenfeld.

Watch Mike -- err, Banks' video here.

Banks also cited gun violence and Sittenfeld's promise to bring "common sense gun reform" if elected.

Banks' video was posted the same day as the results of a Quinnipiac University Poll which showed Sittenfeld trailing behind former Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Rob Portman in the race.

Of those polled, 85 percent said they didn’t know enough about Sittenfeld to form an opinion of him. In a race against Portman, the Republican incumbent, those polled put Portman ahead of Sittenfeld 48 percent to 29 percent.

In a Strickland-Portman race, the former governor was ahead 44 percent to 42 percent, according to the poll.

Richard Celeste, a popular two-term Ohio governor in the 1980s, endorsed the Cincinnati councilman over Strickland. The endorsement was a blow to Strickland, who's seen a steady trickle of establishment support defect to Sittenfeld's camp.

IN DEPTH: Why Sittenfeld isn't backing down

Strickland and Sittenfeld will face off for the Democratic nomination in the primary March 15.

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