GOP Senate nominee JD Vance
GOP Senate candidate JD Vance speaks about his prospects in the November midterm elections at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, TX.
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DALLAS — Three months before the election, Ohio Republican Senate nominee JD Vance says he’s “very confident about where we stand.”
Vance, a former hedge fund manager and best-selling author who won a dismal GOP Senate primary in early May in the latest polls in Ohio’s Senate race, was the Democratic congressman beating Tim Ryan, one of a handful of people across the country . Will Republicans regain the House majority in November’s midterm elections?
“I think the election is obviously a big joke, especially far from over,” Vance said in a Fox News interview Friday before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.
Vance pointed to opinion polls ahead of the 2016 presidential election that indicated a close battle in Buckeye State between former President Donald Trump and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Ohio was a top general election battleground at the time, but Trump won both his 2016 White House victory and his 2020 re-election loss to President Biden by eight points, coloring the state from purple to red. transferred to.
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Ohio Senate GOP nominee JD Vance takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, August 5, 2022 in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
In the race to resign GOP Senator Rob Portman, Vance is dramatically ousted by Ryan in a crucial fight for campaign money. He acknowledged that “of course, fundraising is something Democrats always do better than Republicans.”
But he insisted that “we launched our television commercial a few days ago, the fundraising is going well and we definitely have the money we need to tell the story that the people of Ohio deserve to hear.”
Vance’s campaign, in conjunction with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called for a $1 million advertising buyout. Ryan has been on TV since the May 3 primary and has spent nearly $6 million to date.
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Vance took aim at his opponent in the general election, claiming that “Tim Ryan is running a gaslighting campaign. He’s trying to convince people that he’s a libertarian when in fact he’s 100% Joe Biden.” If the people of Ohio feel like they’ve been lied to, and we’re going to make sure they realize, that they have been lied to, they will not vote for this career politician who has no business in the Senate. ”
Ryan, a longtime congressman from northeast Ohio who has championed the working class throughout his many years in Congress and during his unsuccessful tenure in the 2020 White House, easily defeated two lesser-known rivals for the Democratic Senate nomination to win. .
Democratic Senate nominee Tim Ryan of Ohio answers a question during a Democratic primary debate (Joshua A. Bickell/Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Ryan campaign spokesman Izzy Levy responded to Vance’s comments, arguing in a statement to Fox News that “it’s fun to hear JD Vance talk about how he lies to the people of Ohio when he’s the San Francisco is”. who founded a bogus non-profit organization that did nothing to fight the opioid epidemic and helped JD Vance launch his political career. JD is fighting in Texas right now because if he tried, he couldn’t find Ohio on the map.”
Vance’s endorsement of former President Donald Trump came less than three weeks before the nominee won the primary for the first time against a handful of Republican rivals who also sought the former president’s support. Vance ran a populist primary campaign that highlighted his support for Trump’s “America First” agenda.
But during his performance in the general election, he drew criticism from both Democrats and some Republicans, which he describes as his absence from the Ohio campaign.
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When asked about the jabs on behalf of fellow Republicans, Vance said, “It’s clearly a small number of votes that generally didn’t support me in the Republican primary. I argue for her, look. , I understand that you don’t necessarily like everything in the main campaign. It’s time to unite the party. It’s time to stop whining and work really hard to make sure we can beat Tim Ryan in November.”
And Vance emphasized: “For every loud voice criticizing our campaign, there are 100 people in the state of Ohio working hard to make sure we get the message. These people will ultimately be responsible for us winning this race.”
Paul Steinhauser is a political reporter from New Hampshire.