The power of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement appears to be strong in Ohio after his chosen candidate, J.D. Vance, scored a victory Tuesday in the Buckeye State’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Vance emerges from a bruising primary in a crowded field of candidates, most of whom were seeking Trump’s endorsement played up their support and connections to the former president. Trump chose Vance, whom polls show was lagging, for his endorsement just weeks before the primary.
In November, Vance will face Rep. Tim Ryan, a one-time presidential candidate who has spent almost two decades in Congress. Ryan won the Democratic nomination for Ohio’s open Senate seat.
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J.D. Vance won the fractious GOP primary for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat. Now he’s trying to unite his party.
Vance emerged Tuesday from a field of seven Republicans as the GOP nominee in a campaign that prompted $66 million in ad spending, much of it going to attacks. The final weeks brought millions more in spending by outside groups pushing Vance and his closest competition, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
After he was declared the winner on Tuesday, Vance made an appeal to the voters who supported his opponents, praising their campaigns.
“Some of the best people in the state of Ohio voted for Josh Mandel tonight,” he said. “I hope to earn your support.”
Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author who won former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, will be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
Vance was trailing in the crowded field before Trump weighed in just a few weeks before Election Day. But polls showed his support exploded after the endorsement, propelling him to an election night victory
The campaign was among the most charged and expensive in the country. Candidates spent more than $66 million on advertising, and two candidates had to be separated on a debate stage as they jawed nose-to-nose.
But it was Vance who prevailed. The venture capitalist disavowed Trump in 2016 only to win his endorsement six years later.
He will face off against Rep. Tim Ryan, a longtime Ohio congressman who won the Democratic primary.