Ohio GOP Senate primary Candidate Bernie Moreno announced on Wednesday that his campaign had reached $ 2.25 million in donations in the second quarter of 2021.
The Cleveland businessman has outperformed at least three other GOP candidates, including two-time Senate candidate Josh Mandel ($ 1.5 million), former GOP President Jane Timken ($ 1.4 million ) and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons ($ 6 million, of which $ 5 million). personal investment), according to the Ohio newspaper The Vindicator.
“Hillbilly Elegy” candidate and author JD Vance will not release his campaign results until the end of the third quarter.
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“We raised more money this quarter than any other Republican or Democrat in the race because Ohio voters want a successful business leader and political underdog to make Ohio the best place to live. , work, develop a business or raise a family, ”Moreno told Fox. News in a press release. “There is tremendous energy and enthusiasm in our campaign among small donors and voters.
Moreno, who arrived in the United States from Colombia with his mother when he was 5, has not accepted any corporate PAC money and made no personal investments, according to his office.
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Once one of the main states on the general election battlefield, former president trump won the Ohio in 2016 and last year. Almost all of the 2022 GOP Senate candidates strongly emphasized their support for the former president.
Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence and US ambassador to Germany in the Trump administration, supports Moreno.
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The US Senate is currently split 50-50 across parties, but Democrats hold a very slim majority, due to the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is Senate Speaker. This means that the GOP only needs a one-seat pickup to win back the majority.
But Republicans are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022. Besides Ohio, the GOP also defends open seats on major battlefields in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as Missouri and Alabama.
Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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