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EXCLUSIVE – Conservative Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri backs venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance in the crowded and combustible field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the Senate in the 2022 race to succeed retired Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio.

The approval, first shared with Fox News on Tuesday, is Hawley’s first in the 2022 election cycle in an open race for the GOP nomination for the Senate.

“I am proud to support JD Vance for the Ohio US Senate. JD is well aware of the devastating realities our country faces. Especially in Ohio, families struggling with drug addiction have the cards in hand and the Entire cities continue to crumble. JD will fight for tighter restrictions on the southern border, bring back a robust manufacturing industry and put the needs of our own American citizens first, “Hawley said in a statement.


The first-term senator, former Attorney General of Missouri and ally of former President Donald Trump whom experts see as a potential 2024 GOP hope in the White House, stressed that “JD is the only candidate facing corruption in our tech industry. It will crack down on the Big Techs that bow down to China, defend American workers, and put our country back on the path to prosperity and opportunity. “

Vance, who lives in Cincinnati, gained national attention after his memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” – which tells her story of growing up in a struggling steel town and her roots in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky – became a bestseller of the New York Times and were made into a Netflix movie. Vance, who announced his candidacy in early July, is a first-time candidate, although he considered a 2018 GOP challenge to Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown before deciding not to run.

“I am honored to receive Josh’s approval. No one else in the US Senate has fought so tirelessly against the Big Tech monopolies that censor the Conservatives and control the flow of information in our country. a path to conservatism that defends the interests and values ​​of American workers and families, ”Vance said in a statement.


Vance is among 10 candidates vying for next year’s GOP Senate nomination in Ohio. The estate also includes former Ohio Treasurer and two-time former Senate candidate Josh Mandel; former Ohio GOP President Jane Timken; Cleveland businessman and luxury car dealership giant Bernie Moreno; and 2018 Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, Mike Gibbons, Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker.

Longtime Rep Mike Turner, who represents the state’s 10th Congressional District, and State Senator Mike Dolan, whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, have taken steps to launch campaigns.

Vance is backed by Protect Ohio Values, a super PAC that was formed earlier this year. PayPal co-founder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel made headlines in March by contributing $ 10 million of his own money to fund the newly formed super PAC.

Hawley’s support for Vance follows other high-profile endorsements in the GOP primary. Among others was the endorsement of Timken last month by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a libertarian-minded senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, supports Gibbons. Conservative Senator Mike Lee of Utah supports Mandel. Richard Grenell, who served as ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence under the administration of former President Trump, supports Moreno. And Rep. Jim Banks from neighboring Indiana, chairman of the conservative Republican study committee, supports Vance.

All major contenders vie for Trump’s support in the primary, but the former president to date has remained neutral in the showdown.

The most recent poll in the GOP nomination contest suggests Mandel is leading the pack, with Vance steadily rising.

The winner of next year’s Republican primary could face longtime Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio. Ryan, who declared his Senate bid in April, is seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in a primary field that is expected to be much smaller than the GOP’s large candidate slate. Progressive Morgan Harper, former senior advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 2020 congressional candidate, announced her candidacy earlier this summer.


The US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, but Democrats hold a very slim majority due to the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is president of the Senate. This means that the GOP only needs a one-seat pickup to win back the majority.

But Republicans are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022. Besides Ohio, the GOP is also defending open seats on major battlefields in North Carolina and Pennsylvania as well as Missouri and Alabama.

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