Author J.D. Vance Joins Crowded Ohio Senate Race

Politico reports:

Ohio’s blockbuster Republican Senate primary just got even bigger. J.D. Vance, the venture capitalist and best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy” officially launched his campaign Thursday, joining the crowded race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.

Other candidates have already been off and running for months, raising money and angling for former President Donald Trump’s backing in the race — though the former president has yet to endorse and name-checked several of the candidates at his rally in the state last week.

The race includes Josh Mandel, the former state treasurer who lost the 2012 Senate race; Jane Timken, the former state party chair; and businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons. Other Republicans could still enter the fray in the coming months.

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