JD Vance wins Senate Republican race after endorsing Trump

CBS News has predicted that J.D. Vance has won the Republican nomination for the Ohio Senate, having risen to the top when he was previously President Donald Trump endorsed it.

Most of the Republicans vying for the nomination for an open Senate seat have sought Trump’s endorsement, including former state treasurer Josh Mandel, who ran as a pro-Trump politician.

Ohio has long been seen as the perpetual swing state. But Trump won the state by 8 points, and once Vance won the endorsement of the former president, his popularity skyrocketed. A Fox News poll last week, with Trump’s approval, showed Vance leading at 23%, more than double the 11% he scored in a Fox News poll in early March.

Vance was once a Trump critic, but he secured the former president’s endorsement by espousing Trump’s views on issues such as trade and immigration and criticizing big tech companies. Vance’s victory on Tuesday showed that Trump still wields influence over a large segment of the Republican electorate in the primaries.

Vance’s victory is also a victory for billionaire Peter Thiel, who has become more influential in conservative politics. Thiel gave at least $10 million to a Super PAC supporting Vance, providing financial resources for pro-Vance ads when opponents of Vance were raising it.

J.D. Vance, the Republican candidate 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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In his victory speech, Vance focused on the upcoming battle against the U.S. Representative. Tim Ryan, who is expected to win the Democratic nomination.

“Now the party we need to unite to fight Tim Ryan, it’s our Republican Party, ladies and gentlemen. It’s Labor all over Ohio, and it needs to fight, and it needs to win it because let’s be honest – Tim Ryan, look at its TV ads, look at things he does,” Vance said. “The guy is running like a Democrat Trump, right?”

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

“The stakes are too high for this country not to support the candidate,” Mandel said.

State senator Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians, was the only major candidate to say President Biden had legitimately won the 2020 election, and was the only contender not to seek Trump’s endorsement. On Monday, he told CBS News that if Mandel or Vance win, they “will have to do some explaining” about their unfounded allegations of election theft.

Incumbent Republican Governor Mike DeWine won the Republican primary, CBS News predicted before 8:30 p.m. ET. He will face Nan Whaley, the former Dayton major who won the Democratic nomination, according to a CBS News forecast.

Ohio’s election chief, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, also faced a fundamental challenge. CBS News predicted that LaRose would prevail in the Republican primary.

LaRose said in mid-November 2020 that it was “irresponsible” for Republicans to say the election was stolen without providing any evidence. But his speech has since changed, and Ohio election chief tweeted In February, he said, “President Trump is right in saying that voter fraud is a serious problem.” LaRose won Trump’s endorsement in the race, despite being challenged by former state legislator John Adams, who called President Biden’s victory “clearly illegitimate.”

On the Democratic side, CBS News expects a US representative. Ryan’s team will win the Senate Democratic primary. Ryan, of northeastern Ohio, has the blessing of state Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, and other major Democrats against his rivals. Although he appeared to be on course to win the primaries, the path to victory in November is more difficult, as National Democrats are likely to focus on flipping seats in the states. Biden won – or at least that’s more competitive.

In Ohio’s 11th congressional district, CBS News projects the current actor’s projects. Shontel Brown once again defeated Sanders replacement Nina Turner in a rematch in last year’s special election. The Cleveland area seat is a safe blue seat, so the winner is likely to win the primaries in November.

The final day of voting comes just hours after POLITICO published a Leaked opinion draft He points out that the Supreme Court seemed ready to overturn the Roe v. valley. It is a development that has shocked the nation. While draft opinions can be changed before a final opinion is reached and Supreme Court justices can change their minds, news can motivate voters of both parties.

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