Renacci drops out of OH governor's race, plans Senate bid

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Renacci entered the race for governor in March of a year ago and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign. Sherrod Brown when the most well-known candidate for the nomination, Republican Josh Mandel, state treasurer, pulled his name out of consideration earlier this month. "But again, my commitment is still to try and change the state of OH, and if I can do that in a Senate seat with the backing of the president because he wants me to do it, I would clearly consider it only at that time".

Renacci had announced his gubernatorial campaign last March, playing up his business credentials and touting himself as an outsider in the mold of President Donald Trump.

Renacci is ending his gubernatorial campaign to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for Senate, he announced Thursday.

Renacci said Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray, his pick for lieutenant governor, will now serve as state chairwoman for his Senate campaign.

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.

"Appreciate so much the kind words regarding the US Senate campaign Such an important role".

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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke with Vance, according to Politico, and told associates he would prioritize the race if the former venture capitalist jumps in.

"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".

"I will be shocked if he doesn't run for the Senate and I think the party is coalescing around him", said one senior GOP campaign official. "He's far from ideal, but who else is there?"

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing unnamed Republicans with knowledge of the decision, that Renacci chose to run for Senate after White House political staff urged him to run against incumbent Sen.

"He's been on the phone since Friday", Schrimpf said late Monday afternoon.

Four Republican sources confirmed Wednesday the congressman had a meeting with senior White House staff, though not with Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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