Ohio Primary Results: Trump-backed J.D. Vance wins Republican Senate Race

CBS News projected J.D. Vance has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Ohio, after he soared to the lead when former President Donald Trump endorsed him.

Most of the Republicans vying for the nomination for the open Senate seat sought Trump’s endorsement, including former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who ran as a pro-Trump politician.

Ohio has long been seen as the perennial swing state. Trump was victorious by eight points. Vance’s endorsement boosted his popularity. A Fox News poll released last week, conducted after Trump endorsed,, showed Vance leading with 23%, over twice the 11% he had registered in a Fox News poll from early March.

Vance was once a Trump critic, but earned the former president’s endorsement by embracing Trump’s views on issues like trade, immigration and slamming big tech companies. Vance’s victory on Tuesday showed that Trump has influence over large portions of Republican primary voters.

Vance’s victory is also a win for billionaire Peter Thiel, who is becoming more influential in conservative politics. Thiel gave at least $10 million to a super PAC supporting Vance, providing financial resources for pro-Vance advertisements when Vance’s opponents were out-raising him.

Former President Trump Holds Rally In Ohio Ahead Of State's Primary
J.D. Vance, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, shakes hands with former President Donald Trump during a rally hosted by the former president at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on April 23, 2022 in Delaware, Ohio. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Vance focused his victory speech on the upcoming fight against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who is projected to win the Democratic nomination.

“Now the party that we need to unify to fight Tim Ryan, it’s our Republican Party, ladies and gentlemen. It’s the party of Ohio’s working class, it must fight and win, because, let’s face it, Tim Ryan is a TV ad man. Look at what he does,” Vance stated. The guy running for the Trump Democrat is right?

Mandel, in conceding, said he looked forward “to voting for him in November and doing what I can to help him beat Tim Ryan,” who is projected to win the Democratic nomination.

“The stakes are too high for this country to not support the nominee,” Mandel said.

State Sen. Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians, was the only leading candidate to say that President Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, and he was the only top contender who did not seek Trump’s endorsement. He told CBS News Monday that Mandel and Vance would win, but that they’d have to explain their absurd claims about a stolen election.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mike DeWine won the GOP primary, CBS News also projected just before 8: 30 p.m ET. According to CBS News projections, he will face Nan Whaley who is the ex-mayor of Dayton and has been nominated for the Democratic nomination.

Ohio’s elections chief, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, also faced a primary challenge. CBS News projects that LaRose won the Republican primary.

LaRose said in mid-November 2020 that it is “irresponsible” for Republicans to say the election was stolen without offering any proof. But his rhetoric has shifted since then, and the Ohio elections chief tweeted in February that “President Trump is right to say voter fraud is a serious problem.” LaRose won Trump’s endorsement in the race, although he was challenged by former state lawmaker John Adams, who called President Biden’s win “clearly not legitimate.”

On the Democratic side, CBS News projects U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will win the Democratic Senate primary. Ryan, of northeast Ohio has the blessing of the state’s Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown, and other mainstream Democrats against his two challengers. Although he won the primary, it is likely that he will struggle to win in November. National Democrats may be focusing on the flipping of seats in Mr. Biden’s states or those more competitive.

In Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, CBS News projects incumbent Rep. Shontel Brown again defeated Sanders surrogate Nina Turner in a rematch of the special election last year. Because the seat in Cleveland is safe, the winner of November’s primary election is most likely to be elected.

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