Nov 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Tim Ryan bashes Dems as J.D. Vance takes lead in polls in Ohio Senate race

: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) during a Souls to the Polls rally at Mount Hermon Baptist Church on November 5, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, during a Souls to the Polls rally at Mount Hermon Baptist Church on Nov. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) distanced himself this week from the Democratic Party as polls show J.D. Vance holding a slim advantage in the Ohio Senate race.

Driving the news: "The National Democratic Party has never been really good at strategic political decisions," Ryan said on CNN this week.

  • "Thank God that I have enough experience that I've built this campaign not needing them and we really don't want them at this point."
  • "We're going to do this thing with all the grassroots people we have here," he said.

The big picture: Ryan is locked into a tight race with Vance, an ally of former President Trump, but polls last week show that the Republican candidate carries a slight lead.

  • Ryan is one of the highest-fundraising Senate candidates in the country, according to USA Today, but he has received less support from national party groups than Vance, Axios' Mary Jane Sanese writes.
  • But in the final stretch of the midterm campaign, Ryan has drawn the attention of some celebrities, including a Dave Matthews Band performance.
  • Trump-endorsed Vance has earned support from Republican Party lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

Between the lines: Ohio is a red-trending state that Trump won by eight points in 2020.

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