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First on the fox: Representatives Marjorie Taylor Green and Matt Gaetz will participate in the campaign Ohio Senate Candidate J.D. Vance ahead of next week’s GOP primary — as Vance’s campaign escalates after ex-president Donald Trump authentication.
“For too long, conservative voices have been silenced and weaponized by mainstream media and liberal elites,” Gates, a Republican from Florida, said in a statement. “JD Vance is the only candidate who is not afraid to stand up against the establishment and make the voices of everyday working-class Ohioans heard in Washington. I look forward to joining JDV Ohio and helping to win this race.”
“JD is a true America First patriot, who puts people above politicians and believes in doing business rather than just talking about a big game on TV,” said Green, a Republican. She also said that Vance is “the only candidate that President Trump endorses for the US Senate in Ohio.”
Gaetz will appear with Vance at town halls on Saturday in East Canton, Newark and West Chester, Ohio. Greene will join the town halls of Newark and West Chester.
Former state treasurer Josh Mandel and investment banker Mike Gibbons have been considered the top candidates in the Ohio Republican Senate primary for most of the race. But Trump’s endorsement this month has propelled Vance to the fore. A Fox News poll on Tuesday put Vance at 23%, compared to Mandel at 18% and Gibbons at 13%.
The competition remains smooth. Vance’s five-point advantage falls within the poll’s margin of sampling error—and the largest number of primary voters, 25%, is still hesitating. Moreover, half of those who support an existing candidate say they could change their mind.
But Vance told Fox News last week that he believes Trump’s support is enough to seriously alter the dynamics of the race.
“It’s very powerful,” Vance said. “I think it’s the only endorsement in politics that really drives votes, and it drives a lot of votes, especially here in Ohio.”
In addition to Vance, Gibbons and Mandel, former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Timken and Ohio Senator Matt Dolan are the leading candidates in the race.
The primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd. The winner of the Republican primary is expected to face Rep. Tim Ryan, Democrat of Ohio, in the general election.