JD Vance wins Ohio GOP Senate primary thanks to Donald Trump’s endorsement

Author JD Vance becomes the next Republican nominee for US Senate in Ohio after overtaking his competition with the help of former President Donald Trump.

Mr Vance, 37, is most famous for his memoirs, Hillbilly Ellegy, who talks about his upbringing in Appalachian Kentucky and the rural American culture he blamed for the problems affecting poorer communities in the region.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with Vance taking nearly 32 percent of the vote with 67 percent of the results.

He will now face a Democratic challenger in November as he tries to keep a Republican Senate seat in the hands of the GOP, while his party hopes to tip the Senate balance in their favor. U.S. Representative Tim Ryan won his party’s primaries Tuesday night and will face the Yale-trained commentator and writer.

Mr. Vance’s victory is a case study in the power of the former president. His campaign languished to fourth in March, but quickly shot past its competition after Donald Trump knighted him as his champion in the race in mid-April.

As the race results came in, it quickly became apparent that he had outnumbered other challengers such as Josh Mandel, the former state representative who had himself aroused Mr Trump’s approval, as well as Matt Dolan, who was polled for days before the race. primaries had risen in support. took place.

Should he defeat Ryan in November, he will take office next year as one of the youngest members of the US Senate. The only sitting senator younger than Mr. Vance is Jon Ossoff of Georgia, also a freshman, who is 35.

Mr. Vance leaned heavily in support for Donald Trump before winning the former president’s endorsement and rolling out a list of national surrogates and supporters after the ex-president made his decision. Over the weekend, he campaigned with Trump loyalists including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and Charlie Kirk, while joined on the trail by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and

He experienced a moment of awkwardness when the former president fluttered his name during a rally on Sunday, referring to him as “JD Mandel”, accidentally combining his name with that of his rival, but he shook off the moment when questioned. by CBS News on Monday.

“He gives thousands of words of speeches every week,” said Vance. “Sometimes he goes wrong. Everyone will do that.”

“I’m not worried about it at all,” he added.

Mr Dolan conceded the race shortly before 10pm local time and endorsed Mr Vance’s bid for the seat in the general election.

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