Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci To Drop Gubernatorial Bid For Senate Run

Rob Portman U.S. Senator from Ohio

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he is ending his Republican race for OH governor to enter instead the GOP race for the U.S. Senate.

"Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance is also interested in a bid, although he ruled out running in 2017 when Mandel was still in the race.

For now, the congressman from Wadsworth has decided he will continue to oppose Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the May 8 primary.

"As I've said many many times, if the president of the United States reaches out and contacts me and asks me to jump in that race, I would consider it only at that point", Renacci told Cleveland radio station WTAM earlier this week.

As many of you know, after spending most of my career in the business world, a few years ago I chose to run for Congress because I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington.

"He wants to change Washington", Renacci said of President Trump while appearing on WHK-AM 1420.

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.

Mandel, who lost to Brown in 2012, was seen as the top choice of GOP officials.


If Trump did commit to supporting Renacci in the Senate race, the president presumably could help the multi-millionaire businessman raise money for what would be a tough race to unseat Brown. Gibbons contributed $100,000 to Trump-related groups and he served finance co-chair for Trump's OH campaign, said Chris Schrimpf.

The former football coach's only donation outside of OH, besides his support for Kasich, was $1,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2008, when Sen. "So I think it'll be a spirited primary".

"Rep. Jim Renacci is the posterboy of Washington Republicans who've spent their time in office betraying middle-class workers to make life easier on the wealthy and well-connected".

Schrimpf said Gibbons has been working hard to cement his place in the field.

Renacci made his decision after a Wednesday morning meeting at the White House.

He said Gibbons will stay in the race no matter what - and he'll remain the outsider.

Renacci, who has represented OH in Congress since 2011, would have the president's support in a state Trump won in 2016 by 8 percentage points.

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