Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci Joins Senate Race Against Dems' Brown

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of the Akron area told supporters Thursday through an email that he intends to drop out of the race for governor of OH and instead run for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.

An opening for Mr. Renacci was created Friday when Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped out of the race, saying he needs to devote attention to his wife's undisclosed illness.

An investor popular with Republican donors, Vance had talked about a possible run with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of neighboring Kentucky, but McConnell and his allies saw Renacci as more tested.

The Washington Examiner reported that Tressel has not express interest in the seat, but that hasn't stopped top Republicans from hoping he would entertain the idea of a campaign. Renacci had been shooting for the Republican nomination for OH governor, but withdrew from the race to pursue the Senate seat. Such an important role.

Tressel took to Twitter to say that he was appreciative of the acknowledgment, but that he will remain president at Youngstown State University. "My job is to fight for jobs in the Mahoning Valley and I will continue to do that", Brown said. Much accomplished. Much to do!

Messages left with Tressel and the YSU communications department were not returned Thursday. Sherrod Brown in the November election.

Mike Biundo, a consultant for Gibbons, said Gibbons was committed to the race and had done more to support Trump than any other potential candidate.

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".

"There has been speculation on him for a run for a long time". I hadn't heard any talk about him for this race, and it would be hard to enter at this late stage in the cycle. "Right now, he is a part of the Mahoning Valley and we are fortunate for that".

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.

Though just a month ago, Renacci announced he would bring on Cincinnati council member Amy Murray as a running mate for governor, in recent weeks Renacci reportedly was waiting for an invitation to switch races. Unlike Vance, Renacci has run four times successfully for Congress and already has a statewide network.

Renacci and Gibbons will now compete to see who can face incumbent Democratic Sen.

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