May 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump-backed J.D. Vance wins Ohio GOP Senate primary

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J.D. Vance emerged victorious in Ohio's crowded Republican Senate primary Tuesday, beating out a field of contenders to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman after receiving Trump's endorsement, per AP.

Why it matters: Once a vocal critic of the former president, Vance now stands to become the MAGA standard-bearer in a state Trump won handily in 2016 and 2020.

  • The "Hillbilly Elegy" memoirist catapulted to the front of the seven-way race after Trump endorsed him last month.
  • Trump’s support was a huge blow for a Vance rival, former state treasurer Josh Mandel, who had gone full MAGA in the race.
  • Trump said in a statement at the time: "Like some others, J.D. Vance may have said some not so great things about me in the past, but he gets it now."

Catch up quick: Republican candidates poured millions of dollars of their own cash into the race defined throughout as an effort to capture Trump voters' support.

What's next: Vance faces Democratic nominee Tim Ryan, a Youngstown-area congressman who briefly ran for president in the 2016 cycle.

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