All three Republican National Committee members from Ohio “sent letters Friday to the RNC waiving the national party’s rule against supporting Republican candidates in contested primaries, approving ‘any and all pre-primary financial assistance and in-kind aid the RNC may choose to provide’” for Rep. Jim Renacci (R-16) in the GOP primary. (Hotline reporting)
Renacci faces investment banker Mike Gibbons (R) in the primary to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D).
President Trump helped entice Renacci to run for Senate, after state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) dropped out of the race.
COMING UP. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence will discuss the tax bill with Renacci in Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)