Jun 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

J.D. Vance to announce Senate run this week

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J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance — whose raw bestseller, "Hillbilly Elegy," helped elites process the Trump upset — plans to announce at a factory in Ohio this week that he's seeking the Republican nomination for Senate, sources tell me.

Driving the news: Vance's top issues will be the culture wars (including cancel culture, critical race theory and Big Tech), immigration and economic populism (with an emphasis on inflation).

Day after day, Vance, 36, has been using social media to rally conservatives and rile liberals on social issues.

  • Vance's team advised reporters of a "special announcement" Thursday evening in his hometown Middletown, Ohio.
  • Vance, who made a fundraising swing through D.C. last week, will join a crowded field trying to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R).
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