JD Vance, Other Trump Endorsements Win in Ohio Primaries

Headline Roundup May 4th, 2022

On Tuesday, "Hillbilly Elegy" author and venture capitalist JD Vance beat out six other candidates to win the Republican Senate primary in Ohio.

Vance campaigned on the threat of unauthorized migration and what he views as unfair trade competition from China. His candidacy received a late surge when former President Donald Trump endorsed him; analysts across the political spectrum agreed that this race was the first major test of Trump's influence on the 2022 midterm elections

In addition, two Trump-backed candidates won their open Republican primacy races for the House of Representatives in Ohio: Max Miller in the 7th District and Madison Gilbert in the 13th.  Trump also endorsed all nine Republicans in Ohio's House delegation seeking re-election, and they all won on Tuesday.  Upcoming primary elections where Trump has weighed in include the Senate race in Pennsylvania, where he has endorsed celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, and the Georgia Senate race, where he endorsed former football star Herschel Walker.

Vance's win was covered prominently by news sources on the left and right Wednesday. Some reports from the left highlighted Vance's past criticisms of Trump and the purported struggles of Trump-backed candidates elsewhere in the country. Some reports from the right framed the results as a positive sign for Trump and his supporters within the Republican Party ahead of the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election.

From the Center
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A candidate endorsed by Donald Trump has won the Republican Senate nomination for Ohio, in a sign of the former US president's continued influence on his party.

Author and venture capitalist JD Vance beat six other candidates in a race that set a record for the most money, $66m (£52m), ever spent on an Ohio election.

He trailed his more established political opponents for much of the primary campaign but saw a late surge following Mr Trump's endorsement.

Mr Vance is best known for authoring the 2016 book Hillbilly Elegy,...

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From the Left
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J.D. Vance, the author and first-time candidate who nabbed former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, won Ohio’s GOP Senate primary on Tuesday, settling a tumultuous race for the Republican nomination.

Vance’s campaign had stagnated until last month, when Trump made his pick in Ohio’s crowded contest. The move bumped the “Hillbilly Elegy” author out ahead of his opponents, including Josh Mandel, a former state treasurer and the far-right evangelical candidate, and state Sen. Matt Dolan, a moderate who refused to kiss Trump’s ring.

Ohio’s GOP Senate primary was the first major test of Trump’s...

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From the Right
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Two candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump won open Republican primary races for the House of Representatives in Ohio on Tuesday, capping a triumphant night for the former president and his camp.

Max Miller won the Republican primary in Ohio’s Seventh District, and Madison Gesiotto Gilbert will be the GOP nominee in the state’s Thirteenth District. Miller will likely have an easy path to Congress, as his district leans right by 14 points, according to FiveThirtyEight. Gesiotto Gilbert’s district is a toss-up, leaning Republican by only two points.

A former White House aide,...

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