Republican Renacci quits governor race to run for Senate

Former Football Coach Jim Tressel Says He's Not Running for Ohio Senate Seat

Renacci entered the race for governor in March of past year and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign.

After the departure of OH treasurer Josh Mandel from the U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he would launch his own bid for Congress.

An avid supporter of President Trump, Renacci said a White House meeting on Wednesday was the turning point in his decision.

Last Friday, state Treasurer Josh Mandel made a surprise announcement that he was quitting the U.S. Senate race because of an illness to his wife.

Renacci told Cleveland radio station WTAM on Monday that he would switch from the governor's race to the Senate if President Donald Trump asked him to. "And I want them to know I'm serious", he said last week, according to the Dayton Daily News. "And for that reason I've agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate", Mr. Renacci said.

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.

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The Cleveland-area investment banker, a first-time candidate who has pledged to spend $5 million of his personal fortune on his campaign, already is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state. "He's been building a campaign, he's been going among the state, he's tied himself very much to President Trump and his agenda, he's been successful in Congress in getting re-elected a few times and so he makes the most sense of the gubernatorial candidates to jump into that race", Sutton said.

Tressel has donated to Republican campaigns over the past decade, mostly to Ohioans.

The former football coach's only donation outside of OH, besides his support for Kasich, was $1,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2008, when Sen.

"I think that was somewhat strategic, because other people may be joining this race". Renacci is listed as the 41st richest member of Congress.

Another GOP official in Washington said Renacci would "do it if he got assurances from Trump and the White House that he is their guy".

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