Former Rep. Renacci announces GOP primary challenge to Ohio Gov. Dewine
Former Republican Rep. Jim Renacci accused Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine (R) of being more in line with President Biden than former President Trump, as Renacci announced Wednesday he's challenging the governor in next year's primary.
What he's saying: Trump ally Renacci made the criticism in a new campaign ad attacking Dewine's handling of the pandemic, saying DeWine "defied Trump and was praised by Biden."
"COVID happened and he made a choice to rule like [New York's Democratic Gov.] Andrew Cuomo instead of leading like President Trump. ... We need to dump Ohio's Cuomo, Mike DeWine, end his Trump-bashing reign and elect an Ohio-first conservative who fights for you."
- Trump indicated his support for an Ohio gubernatorial primary challenge last year.
- DeWine won widespread praise for his handling of the pandemic. But his popularity in the state has taken a hit among Republican supporters for closing businesses and mandating face masks as the pandemic spread, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
What to watch: Although Renacci describes Trump as a "friend," the former president was dismayed at his 2018 Ohio Republican Senate election loss to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Trump may not endorse him again, NBC News notes.
- Representatives for Trump and Dewine did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.