U.S. Senate race

Dueling endorsements in U.S. Senate primary underscore the fight for Ohio’s conservatives

BY: - May 2, 2022

Culture wars dominated Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel’s parting message to voters. He cut a swath through the state last weekend, visiting churches in Dayton, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati alongside his highest profile supporter, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX. On the campaign trail, on debate stages and on tv ads, Mandel has returned to a […]

Less than a week from Election Day, why are so many Republicans undecided?

BY: - April 28, 2022

Amid the maniacal bids to out-conservative one another, and the near fisticuffs, perhaps the most abiding feature of this year’s Republican U.S. Senate primary has been voters’ uncertainty. In a crowded field it might seem that voters would have an easy time finding a candidate whose message resonates. Instead, the limited polling available keeps showing […]

Former President Trump rallies in Delaware ahead of next week’s primary election

BY: - April 25, 2022

Saturday saw Ohio’s first taste of summer, and thousands poured into the Delaware County fairgrounds, still spongy from spring rain. The throng crowded against metal barriers hours before former president Donald Trump arrived, their faces steadily reddening under the beating sun. The jumbotron screens played campaign ads, a promo for Donald Trump’s coffee table book […]

Mike Gibbons signs Ohio Gun Owners survey committing to abolish ATF, oppose red flag laws

BY: - April 22, 2022

In Lancaster Thursday, GOP Senate candidate Mike Gibbons signed the Ohio Gun Owners survey. The survey asks candidates seeking office whether they would oppose legislation like universal background checks and red flag laws. “There’s been a push by some moderate Republicans to pass red flag gun confiscation laws,” Ohio Gun Owners executive director Chris Dorr […]

J.D. Vance takes center stage ahead of Trump visit

BY: - April 21, 2022

In Delaware Wednesday night J.D. Vance had the stage to himself, taking questions from voters in a townhall hosted by NewsMax. The event, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, landed right between him securing Donald Trump’s endorsement and the former president’s visit this weekend at the nearby county fairgrounds. The organizers invited all five GOP […]

Guns, abortion, China: The evolution of Tim Ryan

BY: - April 18, 2022

Friday morning, Tim Ryan’s campaign released a new TV ad in the Ohio congressman’s bid for the U.S. Senate. The Youngstown area Democrat stands on the hardwood of a basketball gym addressing people lining the bleachers. He talks inflation, supply chain, middle class tax cuts. It’s a notable departure from his previous ad, which focused […]

Assessing J.D. Vance’s border plans

BY: - April 11, 2022

In his first campaign ad of this year’s raucous Senate primary, J.D. Vance stands in a park, a row of homes slightly out of focus behind him, and he looks straight into the camera. “Are you a racist?” he asks, pointing at the viewer. “Do you hate Mexicans?” Voting has begun in Ohio’s primary elections. […]

Three takeaways from Ohio Republican Senate debate

BY: - March 29, 2022

In Wilberforce Monday night, all seven of the Republicans vying to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman met in a testy but civil debate. Central State University hosted the event, which marked the fourth time in a week and a half that the candidates faced off. With so many meetings in such a short span, […]

Vance brings “No B.S.” tour to New Albany

BY: - March 24, 2022

In between debates, Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance is continuing his “No B.S.” Tour around the state. Wednesday he visited the New Albany Mellow Mushroom to talk to a crowd of about 50. With so much in flux due to redistricting, it might come as a surprise that Ohio’s primary election is right around […]

In Ohio Republican Senate debate, candidates draw sharper distinctions

BY: - March 22, 2022

In the race’s first statewide televised debate, the five leading Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidates sparred over a handful of major issues. Unlike last Friday’s forum, actual sparring didn’t come up. Still the confrontation between former state treasurer Josh Mandel and investment banker Mike Gibbons hung over the evening. The moderators opened by asking both […]

Ohio Republican Senate candidate forum devolves into near fight

BY: - March 21, 2022

The leading candidates for the Ohio Republican U.S. Senate nomination met in Gahanna Friday. Two of them nearly came to blows. The candidate forum hosted by FreedomWorks didn’t make it through opening statements before former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel began attacking investment banker Mike Gibbons. The other candidates, state Sen. Matt Dolan, former GOP chair […]

Fresh off Senate bid, Bernie Moreno to lead Congressional term limits push in Ohio

BY: - March 18, 2022

Erstwhile U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Moreno is putting his efforts behind a bid to impose term limits on Congress. In a press conference Thursday, Moreno announced he’ll serve as Ohio’s state chair of U.S. Term Limits. The longshot campaign would require a constitutional amendment. In Moreno’s description, term limits are part of an ongoing political […]