Renacci joins US Senate race that Mandel left

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci quit the gubernatorial race to run for the Senate, saying he did so at the request of the White House.

Gibbons also has ed the National Republican Senate Committee and members of his campaign have been in touch with the Trump White House, Schrimpf said. While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President's agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America.

"My goal is to be the governor of the state of Ohio", Renacci said Monday on the "Wills and Snyder Show" on WTAM radio in Cleveland.

While some Republicans may run campaigns in 2018 that look to distance themselves from the president, Renacci said his will not be one of them. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, once considered the front-runner among Republicans, dropped out of the race last week, citing his wife's health problems.

Mr. Renacci, 59, a former mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio, now in his fourth term in Congress, said in his email that he spent most of his career in the business world and that he ran for Congress because "I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington". Unlike Vance, Renacci has run four times successfully for Congress and already has a statewide network.

While Renacci says he is waiting for a nod from Trump, a spokesman for rival GOP candidate Mike Gibbons said that could be slow in coming. In the wake of Mandel's exit, he committed to investing $5 million of his own money into his race.

The Gibbons campaign said he is staying in the race for the May 8 primary.

"Voters want a true outsider in the race and are exhausted of career politicians who are always interested in their next job", Biundo said.

The position is now held by Democrat Sherrod Brown, who is seeking re-election.

"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. In the past two days he has circulated the names of OH county GOP chairs and local Renacci leaders who are now backing him in the Senate contest.

But some Republicans in the state expressed skepticism of Vance's ability to introduce himself to voters in the state after being away for a while.

Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday his campaign raised $2.6 million in the fourth quarter ending December 31, leaving him with $9.8 million in the bank.

"It was a discussion about moving our country forward", Renacci said.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Leans Democratic.

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