Backed Jim Renacci wins primary to face Sen. Sherrod Brown

Backed Jim Renacci wins primary to face Sen. Sherrod Brown

Also in the race were Cleveland investment banker Mike Gibbons, Marysville small-business owner Melissa Ackison, Cincinnati-area financial management company founder Daniel Kiley, and retired public administrator Don Elijah Eckhart, of Galloway.

Brown has held his Senate seat since 2007, and recently praised President Trump's move to increase tariffs.

Ohio's U.S. Senate race this fall is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country and to have Donald Trump's name all over it.

This story is developing.

Gibbons, who raised money for Trump's presidential campaign and was endorsed by Citizens for Trump, depicted himself as the "conservative outsider" in the race, running a campaign ad showing Trump and pledging to help the president "drain the swamp". After Mandel dropped out, citing family reasons, Renacci, who had already announced he was running for governor of OH, announced that he was switching to the Senate race at the request of the White House.

When asked if there is any validity to the lawsuit, Renacci told Fox News: "I've never been in politics, until seven years ago, and I learned people can say anything about you. If Brown were to lose, that probably would mean Democrats were also getting swept in all the statewide races, which would lead one to question - under what circumstances Democrats could win in OH again".

Six candidates were battling Tuesday in the Democratic primary in the district.

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Brown, 65, is a former congressman and OH secretary of state.

Brown's career in OH politics spans four decades.

Gibbons has sued Renacci alleging false and defamatory statements, including that Gibbons is anti-Trump.

Renacci featured Trump prominently in his campaign ads, with the president praising Renacci during OH visits and endorsing him by tweet last month.

"I believe the voters are exhausted of what's going on and, Jim Renacci, I have hundreds of pages of his lawsuits", Gibbons said.

"Mr. Gibbons has made a decision to do something that's kind of unusual in politics, but it is what it is", Renacci said.

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