Another Republican candidate is racing into the 2022 race to succeed retired Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who is one of the most crowded and combustible GOP Senate primaries in the country.
Ohio State Senator Matt Dolan announced his candidacy on Monday, accusing “Ohio is under attack by the socialist agenda pushed by President Biden and Democrats like Tim Ryan and Chuck Schumer.”
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But Dolan, a longtime lawmaker whose family owns the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (which will be renamed the Cleveland Guardians starting next season), has also indirectly targeted the Republican candidates already in the running, saying “that ‘It is clear that the goal of the race for the US Senate has yet to deal with our people, our interests and our beloved state. That changes today with the announcement of my candidacy for the US Senate. “
And the narrator in Dolan’s campaign launch video said, “What if the next senator from Ohio didn’t just speak big and loud, but had a real Tory success record. What if our next senator didn’t care about cutting government and cutting taxes, but already has, repeatedly. “
Dolan becomes the 11th candidate running for next year’s GOP Senate nomination in Ohio. The estate also includes former Ohio Treasurer and two-time former Senate candidate Josh Mandel; former Ohio GOP President Jane Timken; venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance, Cleveland businessman and luxury car dealership giant Bernie Moreno; and 2018 Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, Mike Gibbons, Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker. And longtime Rep Mike Turner, who represents the state’s 10th Congressional District, has taken steps to launch a campaign.
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The winner of next year’s Republican primary could face longtime Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio. Ryan, who declared his Senate candidacy in April, is considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in a primary field that is expected to be much smaller than the GOP’s large candidate slate. Progressive Morgan Harper, former senior advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 2020 congressional candidate, announced her candidacy earlier this summer.
The US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, but Democrats hold a very slim majority due to the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is president of the Senate. This means that the GOP only needs a one-seat pickup to win back the majority.
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But Republicans are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022. Besides Ohio, the GOP is also defending open seats on major battlefields in North Carolina and Pennsylvania as well as Missouri and Alabama.