CANTON, Ohio – As Republican candidates competing in the US Senate’s 2022 race in Ohio vie for support for former President Donald Trump, one candidate will go so far as to record a radio ad in which Trump will rally for his Saturday rally Wellington is welcomed to Ohio.
What you need to know
- Republican Senate hopes in Ohio hope to benefit from Trump’s rally on Saturday
- Jane Timken posts a radio ad welcoming Trump back to Buckeye State
- The early days of the Ohio GOP Senate primaries were spent gaining Trump’s approval
- Timken hopes her time as chair of the Ohio Republican Party will help
Jane Timken, former Ohio Republican Party leader, taped a minute-long ad that will run ahead of Trump’s Cleveland event.
“Nothing enlivens our conservative base like a Trump rally!” Timken said in the ad that Spectrum News got an early look at.
At least five Republicans have officially entered the race to resign Senator Rob Portman, and several others are considering joining.
Candidates spent the first few days of the primaries, which are just under a year away, essentially outdoing each other after the former president’s two eight-point wins in Ohio.
At least four of the declared candidates and one potential candidate have even traveled to Florida to meet with Trump.
Recent internal polls conducted by some of the campaigns show that Timken and former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel are the two early front runners.
“As the Biden Liberals advance their socialist agenda, the voice of President Trump has never been more important,” Timken said in the radio ad.
Trump holds his first post-president rally in Wellington on Saturday to promote Max Miller, a former aide who is running to depose the Northeast Ohio MP for the January U.S Capitol Uprising.
While Miller’s OH-16 race will be Trump’s focus at the event, most of the Republicans running for the Senate plan to be at the rally to try to capitalize on the reveal.
On Wednesday evening, campaign officials confirmed that Timken, Mandel, Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons will all be attending Trump’s event.
A Gibbons campaign representative said they don’t expect a Senate candidate to speak at the rally, but Gibbons will have a tailgate before Trump takes the stage and he will attend a VIP fundraiser with Trump beforehand.
The Timken campaign has announced that it will also be doing something before the rally.
Timken spent the first few months of her campaign relying heavily on her support for Trump and efforts to re-elect him while chairing the Ohio Republican Party.
“I was very proud to be supported by President Trump to lead our party,” Timken said in her ad. “As the Ohio GOP chairman, I raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for our president, driven my cars 150,000 miles, and fought in all 88 counties to claim a pivotal eight-point victory for President Trump.”
Trump has not specified when or if he will give his approval in the Senate race, but his popularity in Ohio among Republicans makes his approval sought after.
As The Toledo Blade reported last week, there was even a mishap with a photo of Timken and Trump on the promotional page of Timken’s website, which was eventually removed after a Politico reporter tagged it.
Meanwhile, Northeast Ohio MP Tim Ryan is the only Democrat officially in the running.