Trump-Backed JD Vance Wins Republican Senate Race

CBS News has predicted that JD Vance will win the Ohio Senate Republican nomination after rising to the lead when former President Donald Trump supported him

Most Republicans competing for the open Senate seat have sought Trump’s approval, including former state treasurer Josh Mandel, who acted as a pro-Trump politician.

Ohio has long been considered the eternal swing state. But Trump won the state by 8 points, and once Vance won the former president’s approval, his popularity soared. A Fox News poll released last week, conducted after Trump gave his approval, showed that Vance was in the lead at 23%, more than double the 11% he registered in an early Fox News poll. March.

Vance was once a Trump critic, but gained the former president’s backing by embracing Trump’s views on issues like trade, immigration and knocking down big tech companies. Vance’s win on Tuesday showed that Trump still has influence over a significant portion of Republican primary voters.

Vance’s win is also a win for billionaire Peter Thiel, who is increasingly influential in conservative politics. Thiel gave at least $10 million to a super PAC that supported Vance and provided funding for pro-Vance ads when Vance’s opponents outsmarted him.

Former President Trump holds rally in Ohio ahead of state primaries
JD Vance, a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, shakes hands with former President Donald Trump during a rally hosted by the former president at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on April 23, 2022 in Delaware, Ohio.

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Mandel admitted he was looking forward to “voting for him in November and doing what I can to help him beat Tim Ryan,” who is expected to win the Democratic nomination.

“Too much is at stake for this country not to support the nominee,” Mandel said.

State Sen. Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians, was the only leading candidate to say President Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, and he was the only top candidate not to seek Trump’s approval. On Monday, he told CBS News that if Mandel or Vance win, “they will have to give some explanation” about their baseless claims about stolen elections.

Republican incumbent Mike DeWine won the GOP primaries, CBS News also predicted just before 8:30 p.m. ET. He will face Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton who won the Democratic nomination, according to projections by CBS News.

Ohio’s election leader, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, also faced a primary challenge. CBS News has projected that LaRose was victorious in the Republican primary.

LaRose said in mid-November 2020 that it is “irresponsible” for Republicans to say the election was stolen without providing any evidence. But his rhetoric has since changed, and the… Ohio presidential election tweeted: in February that “President Trump is right when he says voter fraud is a serious problem.” LaRose won Trump’s endorsement in the race, though he was challenged by former state lawmaker John Adams, who called President Biden’s victory “obviously illegitimate.”

On the Democratic side, CBS News expects U.S. Representative Tim Ryan to win the Democratic Senate primary. Ryan, of northeastern Ohio, has the blessing of Democratic state senator Sherrod Brown and other mainstream Democrats against his two challengers. While he has apparently traveled to victory in the primaries, the road to victory in November is more difficult as National Democrats are likely to focus on flipping seats in states Biden won — or at least those that are more competitive.

In Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Sanders surrogate Nina Turner challenges incumbent Representative Shontel Brown in a rematch after Brown defeated her in a special election last year. Both women are Democrats and the Cleveland district is a safe haven, so the candidate who wins the primaries will most likely win in November. Turner received a last minute endorsement from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasico-Cortez, though Brown is backed by U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn and the Congressional Black Caucus.

The final day of voting comes just hours after Politico leaked design advice that suggested the Supreme Court seemed poised to overthrow Roe v. Wade. It is a development that has sent shockwaves through the nation. While draft opinions may change before a final opinion is reached and Supreme Court justices may change their minds, the news could boost voters from both sides.

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