Republican Renacci quits governor race to run for Senate

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Many conservatives were surprised and saddened to hear that state Treasurer Josh Mandel was dropping out of the U.S. Senate race against Sherrod Brown because of a family health issue.

An Ohio Republican involved in multiple prior campaigns said "the chances of him winning one race for Senate are better than winning two races for governor".

Incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is running for his third six-year term.

But U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced his intentions Thursday after a meeting at the White House.

"No one has done more to support President Trump in OH than Mike Gibbons has, including serving as a campaign finance chair for the President and no one will do more than Mike to advance conservative policies and the Trump agenda in the Senate", said Mr. Gibbons' general consultant, Mike Biundo. Such an important role. "It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator", he said. Much accomplished. Much to do!

Messages left with Tressel and the YSU communications department were not returned Thursday.

In December the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees extended Tressel's have agreed to extend Tressel's contract through June 30, 2019.

Ellen Tressel donated a total of $5,000 to the Ohio Republican Party in 2015 and 2016.

"No matter who jumps in the race, we will remain neutral in the primary process and let the primary voters decide who they want their nominee to be", said Blaine Kelly, state GOP spokesman. 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.

"There has been speculation on him for a run for a long time". "If the president would call, I would consider it because I would need his help at this late part of the game ... But given the dynamics of this race, it isn't surprising that his name came up", Munroe said.

In his letter to supporters, Renacci thanked Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray, his selected running mate, and said she will now serve as state chairwoman for his Senate campaign.

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.

Renacci also met Wednesday with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to one of the Republicans familiar with his plans, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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