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Trump-Backed Candidates Dominate Ohio, Indiana Primary Races

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris


Midterm season officially kicked off on Tuesday with a slate of primary elections across Ohio and Indiana, including several marquee races that Republican and Democrat insiders were watching closely as key indicators of voter sentiment heading into November. While the final results provided several interesting trends worth following this election season, the key takeaway was clear – former President Donald Trump remains the undisputed leader of the Republican Party, and his endorsement is the single biggest determining factor in deciding primary contests.

The highest-profile race on the ballot Tuesday was for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat, where a crowded field of Republicans was vying to replace the retiring Rob Portman. The four main contenders were former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken, Ohio state Senator Matt Dolan, businessman Mike Gibbons, and venture capitalist and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance. With the exception of Dolan, who ran an explicitly anti-Trump campaign, all the Republican candidates actively pursued the endorsement of the former President, with Vance finally securing the nod just a few weeks ago.

Trump’s endorsement appears to have been decisive in boosting Vance over the top, as the first-time candidate won comfortably on Tuesday with a little over 30% of the vote. Whereas Vance was polling in third or fourth place in most polls prior to receiving Trump’s stamp of approval, he immediately catapulted into first place soon after. That momentum carried through to election day, and Vance won the vast majority of Ohio’s 88 counties. Mandel, who before the Trump endorsement had enjoyed a somewhat comfortable lead in the race, finished second in nearly every county that Vance won and second overall with around 23% of the vote, more evidence that Trump’s endorsement carried significant weight for Ohio Republican voters.

Elsewhere in the Buckeye State, other Trump-endorsed candidates also had big nights. Former Trump aide Max Miller cruised to the nomination for Ohio’s 7th Congressional District, while Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, who many GOP insiders say could be a future rising star within the party, also won in the Ohio 13th. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Congressmen Troy Balderson, Steve Chabot, Warren Davidson, Bill Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup – all endorsed by Trump – also easily won contested primary races. In all these cases, the margin of victory was as notable as the victory itself, with each candidate garnering a sizable plurality, and in many cases a large majority of the vote.

Just to the west in Indiana, a heated Republican primary battle came to a conclusion in the 1st Congressional District when Air Force reservist Jennifer-Ruth Green, an unabashedly pro-Trump candidate, earned nearly 50% of the vote and beat out LaPorte mayor Blair Milo and perennial candidate Mark Leyva, who was the GOP nominee for the seat in the last two cycles. If Green goes on to defeat incumbent Democrat Frank Mrvan – entirely possible in the D+4 district in a Republican wave year – she would become the second Black Republican woman ever elected to Congress.

The other race of note in the Hoosier State on Tuesday was the Republican primary contest in  Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, where incumbent Greg Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, received a Trump endorsement and fended off a challenge from James Alspach. Again, Trump’s support appeared to go a long way toward securing an easy victory for an incumbent Republican.

On the Democratic side, Tuesday also offered some notable insights into the direction of the Democratic Party. In Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, comprising most of Cleveland and several surrounding suburbs, incumbent Shontel Brown easily fended of a progressive challenger in Nina Turner. While Brown is herself a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (and had the CPC’s endorsement, as well as a rare endorsement from President Biden), Turner had the backing of prominent progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. In what was viewed among Democratic insiders as a proxy war between the establishment and progressive wings of the party, voters went with the less progressive (but still staunchly liberal) Brown by a wide margin, suggesting that even among Democratic primary voters, progressivism may be falling out of favor.

Running for a chance to take on the Republican nomineet in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan did as expected and locked up the Democratic nomination early Tuesday night. While Ryan carries a voting record that is by no means moderate, he did run a more moderate campaign than challengers Morgan Harper and Traci Johnson, who secured a mere 17% and 12% of the vote, respectively. Again, it appeared that Democratic primary voters were not interested in nominating a more progressive candidate, which could be bad news for incumbent Democrats who have to defend their progressive voting record in general elections this fall.

In the six months leading up to election day, every week except one will have a primary election. If Tuesday’s results are any indication, most of those contests on the Republican side where Trump has made an endorsement will go to the candidate supported by the 45th President. That means that, if polls are correct and Republicans indeed retake Congress this year, it will likely be thanks in large part to a slate of candidates committed to Trump’s America First agenda and ready to continue advancing his policies in Washington.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter at @Shane_Harris_

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Ben Ruiz
1 month ago

Jennifer Ruth Green is anti-trump she is not pro Trump in 2020 Her vote went to Biden and the Democrats. You should correct this article it’s garbage

1 month ago

Trump is the man to watch

1 month ago
Reply to  Nice

Trump! is the man to watch! Started donating to the GOP before the election – plan to continue!

1 month ago

I totally agree on the question about Dr. Oz! Makes no sense at all. IVoter Guide shows him supporting abortion, Equality Act, and he does not support the second amendment. I believe most would call him a RINO! President Trump, please be careful who you back because our country is falling apart at the seems and more RINOs are not needed. We need more Constitutionalists and he is not one! Watch 2000 miles everyone or better yet, buy the video and hold backyard viewings! God Bless America!

CheraMom Evans
1 month ago

But, WHY is he backing Dr. Oz!??

1 month ago

And they will most likely dominate WV as well. God Bless the USA and give us TRUMP2024MAGA!

Jeannie Huppert
1 month ago

Where can I find the list of all Ohio winners? Our newspaper like all others are to be put under the bird, the dog, etc.

1 month ago

Goodbye AMAC, your censors have did their job in suppressing free speech and thought.

1 month ago

Any/All candidates who are in favor of America and American Citizens first deserve everyone’s support!
NO MORE marxist democrat policies and programs aimed at expanding that party’s power and ability to fleece taxpayers at Citizens expense!
For 50 years the democrats have been stealing, lying and forsaking people of all races and beliefs to help only themselves.
ENOUGH , THROW THEM OUT and put America first!

1 month ago

Good on President Trump to still be actively involved in campaigning for candidates in the primaries. Regardless of whether he runs again in 24, the principle of America First must be reinstalled in our government. The results of policies installed in the last 15 months are now fully visible to all and for Republicans, if come November they do retake the House and Senate, there must be full unity against the Left in all matters. That means that GOP leadership in both chambers must embrace all Republicans against the Democrats and they MUST be realists, with a wartime conservative mindset.

Casey C Matt
1 month ago

I still hope President Trump allows any ego to stand down and let another REAL conservative run in 2024. Mr. Trump can direct the party as kingmaker but not force his family to endure another 4 years of abuse by the jackals on the left. Maybe even enjoy time as House Speaker!
The next President will have to spend his entire initial term in full repair mode and we most certainly need a two term President. This is something Trump cannot do by law.
If President Trump happens to stumble upon this entry I implore the great man to consider the real needs of the country before throwing your hat into the 2024 Presidential Campaign ring.

1 month ago
Reply to  Casey C Matt

Casey, That’s why a Vice Presidential candidate must be someone credible and work well with the President. Say what you will about President Trump, but his choice of Mike Pence was a good one. The VP was involved in many of the discussions and decisions made. Yes, whomever gets elected President in 2024 is going to have their hands full. I trust President Trump to get things moving forward again. He had some great cabinet members who really knew how to make things work. If President Trump is elected in 2024, I have the utmost respect that he will chose a strong and extremely knowledgeable running mate. A VP who will be able to make a comfortable transition to the Presidency. That’ll definitely be a change from what’s operating at every position in the Biden Administration.
Biden’s incompetent, that’s very obvious and he has a clueless and immature cackling hyena for a VP.

Ertis Crumpler
1 month ago
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1 month ago

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Texas Bob
1 month ago

At last, another person who has experienced the New York spirit!! Some mighty fine folks who happen to have been brought up in the NYC environs. A lot of them have great ideas like Pres. Trump. Too bad he accepted the recommendations from a few RINOs.

Joey Mize
1 month ago

THE 45th is from up North, he has this inbreed mentality to be boisterous and very over the top. It is a way of life. I cannot tell you how many times I have stood on a NYC corner and watched to guys going at it verbally trying to convince each other that the other is wrong or right. Then 2 blocks down once again 2 more to a point of stopping the complete flow of traffic down 5th avenue. In closing if he did tone it down he wouldn’t be Trump. His handlers should intervene but then he would get P’O’D at them for getting in the way. Personally I hope the Trump I know never goes away and continues to KICK their tails until he can’t raise his right leg to do it any longer.

Hal Lemoyne
1 month ago

????CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2022-2036 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen????

James Prater
1 month ago

If anyone watching what Yahoo has to say about the political atmosphere, they would be surprised at the Ohio results. I would like to find a daily feed of current news and be able to shut off Yahoo. They constantly print questionable “information” about Trump and other Republicans. If he runs in ’24 can we all say a prayer he figures out how to tame his mouth on Twitter?

1 month ago


Hal Lemoyne
1 month ago

CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2022-2036 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen

Hal Lemoyne
1 month ago

????CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2022-2036 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen????

Vic. Matt.
1 month ago

This is just the beginning, way to go MAGA policy!

1 month ago

Keep winning Mr. President we aren’t tired of it yet.

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