Last week Sen. Rob Portman (R) endorsed state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s (R) bid against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), and then urged all Ohio Republicans to unite behind him. This week some staunch Gov. John Kasich supporters, who oppose the pro-Trump state Treasurer, are reportedly attempting to recruit best-selling author J.D. Vance into the Republican Senate primary. Even if Vance were to get in, Mandel would maintain his front-runner status for the nomination. The general election battle is likely to be a re-match of the Brown-Mandel 2012 contest, a battle the Senator won, 51-45%.
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