Renacci tells supporters he's running for Senate

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"Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance is also interested in a bid, although he ruled out running in 2017 when Mandel was still in the race.

Despite many Ohio Republicans hoping that Jim Tressel would run for the U.S. Senate, the former Ohio State football coach brought an end to those wishes on Thursday.

Earlier this week I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House, at which I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump's agenda by entering Ohio's 2018 race for the United States Senate.

Last Friday, state Treasurer Josh Mandel made a surprise announcement that he was quitting the U.S. Senate race because of an illness to his wife. "If the president of the United States reaches out and s me and asks to me to jump in that race, I would consider it only at that point".

Renacci and Gibbons will now compete to see who can face incumbent Democratic Sen.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing unnamed Republicans with knowledge of the decision, that Renacci chose to run for Senate after White House political staff urged him to run against incumbent Sen.

"When the president and the adminsitration calls you to action, it was a pretty compelling moment for me", the congressman told the AM 1420 radio station in Cleveland.

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"Voters want a true outsider in the race and are exhausted of career politicians who are always interested in their next job".

Fortunately, Republicans already have the flawless candidate in the race to defeat Sherrod Brown.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state. Vance, who recently moved back to OH from California, has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mr. Renacci, 59, a former mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio, now in his fourth term in Congress, said in his email that he spent most of his career in the business world and that he ran for Congress because "I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington". Gibbons contributed $100,000 to Trump-related groups and he served finance co-chair for Trump's OH campaign, said Chris Schrimpf.

Another GOP official in Washington said Renacci would "do it if he got assurances from Trump and the White House that he is their guy".

I've met Mike Gibbons and know that he has the right team to defeat Sherrod Brown.

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