U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he is ending his Republican race for OH governor to enter instead the GOP race for the U.S. Senate.
OH state treasurer Josh Mandel, who was Republicans' top candidate to oppose Brown, unexpectedly dropped out of the race last week, citing his wife's health. A source close to the Trump White House called the meeting "very positive" and said Renacci was encouraged to run.
Republicans are looking for a candidate to run against Democratic incumbent Sen.
The day after a Washington Examiner article stated Ohio Republicans wanted to see Tressel try for the Senate seat, he tweeted, "Appreciate so much the kind words regarding the US Senate campaign".
Cleveland area businessman Mike Gibbons, the only other announced candidate vowed to stay in the race and pledged an additional $5 million of his own money if needed to defeat Sherrod Brown. Such an important role. "It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator", he said. "My job is to fight for jobs in the Mahoning Valley and I will continue to do that", Brown said.
Messages left with Tressel and the YSU communications department were not returned Thursday. "Much accomplished. Much to do".
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Renacci entered the race for governor in March of previous year and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign. Brown said he had just become aware of the Tressel story, and said it doesn't matter to him who the Republicans put in the race. He will be successful in whatever he does.
Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.
Renacci said Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray, his pick for lieutenant governor, will now serve as state chairwoman for his Senate campaign.
Once a mostly wide-open Republican primary, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted, the top two contenders, joined forces, significantly shrinking Renacci's chances in a race that also includes Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
"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". Renacci has run four times successfully for Congress and already has a statewide network.