COLUMBUS, Ohio – The latest twist in the running for a vacant seat in the Ohio Senate is Cleveland auto dealer and first-time candidate Bernie Moreno outperforming the rest of the crowded Republican field for the quarter.
The $ 2.2 million Moreno reported as of June 30 was only exceeded by Democratic MP Tim Ryan’s $ 3.1 million that included a transfer of over $ 1 million from his Congressional account.
Campaign financial reports show former Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken raised $ 1.1 million, former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel raised nearly $ 976,000, and Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons raised $ 533,000 U.S. dollar. However, Almond has about $ 5 million and Gibbins $ 5.86 available, though much of the latter number came from Gibbon’s own finances.
Running on an anti-socialist agenda, Moreno is one of five major Republican candidates in the 2022 race to succeed incumbent Senator Rob Portman. Portman announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term and referred to the increasing polarization in Washington.