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State GOP to Vote on Potential Renacci Endorsement

It’s a political test for Trump.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 8, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

“President Trump’s political influence faces a critical test Friday when the Ohio Republican Party votes to formally endorse Rep. Jim Renacci (R-16), his handpicked choice to challenge” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D). “The outcome isn’t assured.” Investment banker Michael Gibbons (R) “has been wooing grassroots Republicans for months, winning the endorsements of four county parties.”

“Renacci has some catching up to do after shifting from the race for the Republican nomination for governor, where he was languishing, to the Senate race. His campaign spent its first month gathering petitions to meet the state’s filing requirements. The fourth-term congressman earned millions before entering politics and is expected to partially self-fund his Senate campaign, although not as generously as Gibbons.”

“The key, say GOP insiders, is whether Gibbons is ultimately willing to spend some of his personal fortune, as he has vowed to do.” Meanwhile, Renacci’s “reserved personality is described as less appealing on the stump, although he is probably the more doctrinaire conservative, which could matter in a primary.” (Washington Examiner)

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