U.S. Senate race

Ohio U.S. Senate nominees agree to two debates

BY: - September 27, 2022

Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance have agreed to debate after all. But their campaigns are still not entirely on the same page. In a press release touting the “final” debate schedule, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, said there would be a total of three debates: On Oct. 4, the U.S. Senate nominees would meet in […]

Trump rallies for slate of Ohio GOP candidates in Youngstown

BY: - September 19, 2022

Former President Donald Trump walked onto the stage in Youngstown to “I’m Proud to be an American.” During the last half of the song he simply stood there, squinting into the spotlights, closed smile plastered on his face, basking in the crowd’s applause. The back quarter of the 7,000-seat Covelli Centre was less than half […]

New poll: Gov. DeWine holds strong lead, Rep. Tim Ryan a narrow one

BY: - September 16, 2022

A new poll paints a familiar portrait of Ohio’s two major statewide races. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine holds a commanding lead in his reelection bid, while Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has a slight edge in the race for U.S. Senate. Columbus-based lobbying firm The Montrose Group commissioned the survey of statewide races and campaign […]

Ohio Debate Commission announces gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Chief Justice debates

BY: - August 30, 2022

The Ohio Debate Commission announced its plans Monday for the U.S. Senate, governor, and chief justice of the state supreme court races. The Democrats in all three contests plan to attend. The Republicans haven’t signed on yet. The commission’s schedule includes a gubernatorial debate Oct. 10 and a U.S. Senate debate Oct. 12. They plan […]

Ohio’s U.S. Senate nominees trade debate plans

BY: - August 29, 2022

The Republican and Democratic nominees for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat are wrangling over participating in televised debates. As of Friday, it appears they will hold (at least) two. First out of the gate, Democrat Tim Ryan announced his commitment to three debates — two in or near his Youngstown-area congressional district and one in […]

Foreign entities buying U.S. farmland: threat or hyperbole?

BY: - August 26, 2022

During his visit to Ohio last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis praised Republican U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance’s forceful opposition of the “Chinese communist party.” He said Vance would be “tough” on them in the Senate. DeSantis described how, in Florida, he’s signed legislation banning Confucius Institutes — programs funded by the Chinese government to […]

Tim Ryan plays offense, defense in Central Ohio campaign swing

BY: - August 24, 2022

In a pair of Central Ohio campaign stops Tuesday, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Tim Ryan drew distinctions with his Republican opponent and tried to mend fences with skeptical supporters. At Zanesville Treatment Services Ryan got a look behind the scenes at an outpatient addiction treatment clinic. Executive director Brad Hess gave Ryan a tour […]

Fear and grievance in the Mahoning Valley

BY: - August 22, 2022

More than a thousand chairs were lined up in long neat rows, in a Girard, Ohio ballroom Friday. Organizers had laid out placards reading “Unite & Win” on each one, alternating in navy blue and red. A disco ball hung above the lectern. People began lining up early Friday afternoon outside the Metroplex Expo Center […]

After sluggish summer, some Ohio Republicans predict Vance comeback while others have doubts

BY: - August 18, 2022

The dog days of summer are usually the time when political campaigns lay low, biding their time for a post-Labor Day blitz. Tim Ryan didn’t get the message. Ryan poured more than $7.5 million into advertising since winning the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in May. Spending at that clip is a recognition of the challenge […]

At State Fair, Vance downplays funding gap, explains opposition to same-sex marriage bill

BY: - August 3, 2022

At the Ohio State Fair Tuesday, J.D. Vance downplayed the gap in fundraising that has opened up between himself and Democrat Tim Ryan. The Republican U.S. Senate nominee also elaborated on his opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act. After a bruising primary, there were concerns that Vance might have a difficult time consolidating support […]

Tim Ryan eschews party to find an “exhausted majority”

BY: - July 6, 2022

Tim Ryan has a problem. Gas and groceries are both spiking. Ongoing supply chain disruptions mean shelves are bare, and getting inflation under control with the Fed raising interest rates is going to sting as well. Consumers will pay more for everything from credit cards to mortgages. Homeowners looking to sell are going walk away […]

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 […]