COLUMBUS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has landed two key endorsements in his U.S. Senate bid.
The Wadsworth Republican was backed Monday by GOP U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio’s state treasurer, Josh Mandel. The Republican Mandel dropped out of the race Jan. 5, citing his wife’s health.
Renacci faces Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons and Marysville family business owner Melissa Ackison for the Republican nomination. Ackison’s health insurance difficulties were featured by Republican President Donald Trump’s White House in its fight against the Affordable Care Act.
On Twitter, Portman praised Renacci as a "battle-tested" conservative and "job creator." Mandel’s statement said he’s convinced the fourth-term congressman is best situated to beat incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown this fall and advance Trump’s agenda.
Gibbons’ campaign said three "career politicians" are sticking together.