DeWine wins Ohio gubernatorial primary; The Senate race is still in flux

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The influence of former President Donald Trump on Republicans in this year’s midterm elections He was tested Tuesday in a crowded US Senate primary in Ohio — one of two states where voters headed to the polls.

Republican primary voters were choosing their candidate for an open Senate seat from a group that included a Trump-backed candidate, three others who touted connections with him, and one who rejected the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen. The race was too close to call on Tuesday evening, with most votes yet to be counted.

In once-dominant Ohio, moderates are battling pro-Trump rivals

The winner will advance to the general election for the seat to be relinquished by retired Republican Senator Rob Portman, which GOP leaders hope to hold as they seek to win the Senate again in November. Representative Tim Ryan was expected to win the Democratic primary, according to the Associated Press, easily defeating Morgan Harper, the former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attorney who ran to his left.

Other primaries for the US governor and the US House of Representatives are expected to send early signals about the direction each party is heading before the November elections. Indiana voters too He went to the polls Tuesday. With polls closed Tuesday evening in both states, strategists in both parties waited for results.

The Associated Press predicted that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (right), whose popularity soared at the start of the pandemic, defeated former Republican Congressman James B. Rinacci poses a serious enough challenge to the GGs spent more A million dollars to promote DeWine on him and on the farm Joe Bliston. Former Dayton Mayor Nan Wylie has won the Democratic nomination, the Associated Press predicted, defeating former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

The Republican primary in the Ohio Senate was the standout contest. In mid-April, Trump supported Venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance, a once self-proclaimed Republican “No Trumper”, discussed the possibility of voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Twice. Many Republican strategists saw Vance as the candidate with the inside path heading toward Tuesday’s vote.

Trump muddied the waters on the weekend when he was temporarily confused Vance’s name at a rally in Nebraska, in reference to his chosen candidate as “J.D. Mandel.” The misspelling combined Vance’s first name with the last name of former State Treasurer Josh Mandel, one of his main rivals in the race.

Others criticized the error, with Ohio business executive Mike Gibbons campaigning faltering in recent polls, circulating a clip of Trump’s mistake with a statement saying, “Even after endorsing it, JD Vance is clearly irrelevant to President Trump.”

Trump participated in contested Republican primaries across the country and continued to promote false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen while campaigning for his favorite candidates. May will offer early glimpses of the value of his endorsement in races from Georgia to Nebraska to Pennsylvania.

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Many candidates in the Republican primary field in the Ohio Senate have deep ties to Trump’s orbit and have campaigned as Trump allies. The victories of any of them will show that Trumpism is still strong even if the president-elect’s candidate does not win.

As for Senator Matt Dolan, he has distinguished himself from other top contenders by repeatedly saying that Trump should “move forward” from the 2020 election, despite his support for many of Trump’s political positions. All the other major candidates have cast doubt on whether President Biden won the White House fairly.

Dolan lags in the public opinion polls ahead of the primaries, but some believe he has a way to win the crowded race if more traditional Republicans rally around his candidacy.

In the final phase of the competition, there were indications that Dolan was gaining some traction: Trump and Vance both trained their attack on him in recent days, focusing on his family’s ownership of the Cleveland Guardians baseball team, which was recently renamed from the “Indians.” Some conservatives criticized Changing the surname, considering it a bend to political correctness.

Trump said in a statement that the decision to change the name makes Dolan “unsuitable to serve in the United States Senate.” Vance used a similar attack, accusing Dolan of bowing to liberal pressure to change the team’s name.

Dolan also went on the offensive, targeting Vance for defending Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) as they campaigned side by side in Ohio in recent days. Gates facing investigation About whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old who violated sex-trafficking laws. He denied the allegations.

Vance downplayed the accusations, According to the Columbus Dispatch,saying, “Being accused of a crime, as we’ve learned in the past four years in this country, has more to do with the corruption of law enforcement than with anything anyone has actually done.”

Mandel, on his third attempt to join the Senate, campaigned as a populist cultural warrior. He has criticized critical race theory – the intellectual movement that studies the way systemic racial policies and laws perpetuate elite Hollywood and what he says is an overly liberal institutional culture. “Let’s celebrate Earth Day by building more pipelines,” Books on social media On April 22.

Also among the participants is former state Republican Party chair Jane Timken, who took the job with Trump’s blessing and is far behind leaders in the polls. I ran a Portman endorsement.

At the bottom of the ballot, Rep. Shontelle M. Brown (D-Ohio) was battling former state Senator Nina Turner, a liberal candidate who lost to Brown in the August 2021 special election for Cleveland’s 11th district. Biden endorsed Brown.

Turner, who was criticized for its cash outflow last year, raised a lower amount for a rematch and said in an interview that she focused more on field organization than buying ads. Last year’s race saw impressive Turner visits from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who co-chaired her 2020 presidential campaign, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).

While Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez support Turner – who won last-minute endorsements on Monday – they have moved away from the campaign trail in Ohio. But groups such as Israel’s Democratic Majority spent significant sums to help Brown — a sign, Turner said, that the party establishment knew it might win.

“I think people are more open to discussing how much they have suffered, compared to last year,” Turner said. “We hear it at the doors. There was a lot of optimism, four years into Trump. But I think some reality hit people.”

Republicans dodged an initial internal battle when two lawmakers in northeastern Ohio chose to retire, rather than face Trump-backed rival Max Miller in the newly drawn 7th district. He’s a favorite in the pentathlon race for a now trusted Republican seat.

In the newly drawn adjacent 13th district, Miss Ohio winner Madison Jesioto-Gilbert Trump endorsed more than six contenders, and Representative Emilia Sykes, the former Democratic leader in the state assembly, had no contest.

In both Ohio and Indiana, Republicans were also picking candidates in new districts that went their way and made the new maps less Democratic-friendly.

Several Ohio Republicans were vying to challenge Democratic Representative Marcy Captor in Toledo’s 9th District. State Senator Teresa Gavarron has come under scrutiny for criticizing Trump after his release The bar “Reaching Hollywood” Where he was recorded having a lewd conversation about women, State Representative Craig S.

Republicans have rarely competed in Northwest Indiana’s first Democratic congressional district, which Biden won by nine points in 2020. But party activists were optimistic about their chances there this year and They were watching to see if one of the female veterans in the race had won the primaries — Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Ruth Green or Navy veteran Blair Millau, the former mayor of Laporte.