Jim Renacci Leaves Governor Race To Launch US Senate Bid Instead

Jim Renacci Leaves Governor Race To Launch US Senate Bid Instead

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) will drop out of Ohio's gubernatorial race to run for the Republican nomination in the state's Senate race, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Wednesday.

Four Republican sources confirmed Wednesday the congressman had a meeting with senior White House staff, though not with Trump. While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President's agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America.

If Trump did commit to supporting Renacci in the Senate race, the president presumably could help the multi-millionaire businessman raise money for what would be a tough race to unseat Brown. A campaign representative for Renacci did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The development follows last week's unexpected withdrawal from the Republican nomination contest by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who said he wants to devote his time to his wife's undisclosed illness. "He's been building a campaign, he's been going among the state, he's tied himself very much to President Trump and his agenda, he's been successful in Congress in getting re-elected a few times and so he makes the most sense of the gubernatorial candidates to jump into that race", Sutton said.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing unnamed Republicans with knowledge of the decision, that Renacci chose to run for Senate after White House political staff urged him to run against incumbent Sen. In the wake of Mandel's exit, he committed to investing $5 million of his own money into his race. Gibbons contributed $100,000 to Trump-related groups and he served finance co-chair for Trump's OH campaign, said Chris Schrimpf. "The last thing the voters in OH want is another opportunistic career politician who's only looking to jump from one office to the next - and Jim Renacci can't even decide what office he wants to jump to". And others, including author J.D. Vance and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, now the president of Youngstown State, are also being urged to consider running. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likes Vance and spoke to him in recent days, BuzzFeed reported.

Renacci and Gibbons will now compete to see who can face incumbent Democratic Sen.

Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger also issued a statement following Renacci's bid for a Senate Seat.

Renacci entered the race for governor in March of a year ago and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign.

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