Last year, rumors persisted that best selling author J.D. Vance (R) was going to enter the Republican Senate primary. With state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) and investment banker Michael Gibbons (R) already in the race, Mr. Vance decided not to become a candidate. When Mr. Mandel changed his plans due to his wife’s recently discovered health issue, the Vance drumbeat again began to roll. Now, with Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) hopping into the Senate race from the Governor’s campaign, Mr. Vance has again come to the conclusion to bypass a run for the Senate. The winner of the now-presumed primary between Rep. Renacci and Mr. Gibbons faces two-term Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in the general election.
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