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Sherrod Brown inches closer to 2020 run with tour of early voting states

Sherrod Brown, 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is moving closer to a presidential run, announcing Tuesday that he will embark on a "Dignity of Work Tour" this month to the crucial early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

The big picture: Brown, a popular Democratic senator in a state that Trump won by 8 points in 2016, has long been considered a possible 2020 contender. In a statement announcing the tour, Brown said that "dignity of work is a value that unites us all. It's what I fight for everyday...and it's what we will fight for together on this tour around the country."

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