2022 Senate Race

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Is there room in next May's primary for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Ohio who doesn’t spend every waking moment kissing the ring of Donald J. Trump?

We may be about to find out.

Ohio State Sen. Matt Dolan (Chagrin Falls) is considering a run for Republican Rob Portman’s U.S. Senate seat, announcing Monday the launch of a statewide listening tour, called #OhioMatters, to determine if he’ll enter the race or not.  

Dolan kicks off the listening tour Tuesday at a luncheon to be held at Lake County Republican Headquarters. Over the next two weeks, he’ll move on to Trumbull, Mahoning, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Lorain, Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Ashland counties.

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Author J.D. Vance spent nearly as many months exploring a run for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat as Lewis and Clark spent exploring the wilderness of the American West.

Now, though, he is an official, declared Republican candidate.

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Jeff Dean / AP

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, announced his Senate candidacy Thursday. A crowd of about 300 people chanted "J.D." on the Tube Works factory floor in Middletown, Ohio. The 36-year-old venture capitalist returned to his hometown to kick off his campaign for Republican Rob Portman's seat.

 After months of speculation, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Howland) has made it official – he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. 

Dr. Amy Acton Won't Run For Ohio's Senate Seat In 2022

Apr 6, 2021

Former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2022.

"Please know I am deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from my fellow Ohioans, and from across the country," Acton wrote in a press release Tuesday. "I especially wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to all who have worked quietly behind the scenes to help me consider this path. While I am not entering the race for U.S. Senate, I recognize there is a genuine longing for a fresh approach to leadership that is honest, collaborative, and empowering."

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Robert F. Bukaty, Tony Dejak / AP

Neither Tim Ryan nor Dr. Amy Acton have said whether they will run in next spring's primary for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat.

But if they do, they have friends ready to help.

There may be another entrant into the Republican race for Ohio’s open US Senate seat next year. A controversial figure says he may challenge announced Republican candidates Jane Timken and Josh Mandel.

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Tony Dejak / AP

So, is the notion of Dr. Amy Acton as a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate realistic?

Ohio Republicans have their first official candidate for the 2022 US Senate race.  Former state treasurer Josh Mandel is launching his third try at that office.

Sen. Rob Portman's decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate surprised politicos on both sides of the aisle, who now see a much clearer path to high office.

The leader of the Ohio Republican Party has stepped down. It’s one more sign that Jane Timken might be running for US Senate in 2022. 

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There are two things the voters of Ohio have never done – elect an African American or a woman to the United States Senate.

You can't blame the voters of the Buckeye State for this. No African American has been the nominee of either major political party for a Senate seat; and only one woman – a white woman – has run. And she lost the general election.

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Robert F. Bukaty / AP

He's really doing it this time.

Tim Ryan, the longtime Democratic congressman from the Mahoning Valley, will run for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

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Julie Carr Smyth, Phil Long / AP

Jane Timken, the Canton conservative who was hand-picked by Donald Trump to become Ohio Republican Party chair in 2017, and Josh Mandel, the former state treasurer from Northeast Ohio who ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

That, to me, is the most likely 2022 primary match-up on the Republican side for the Senate seat now held by Rob Portman, who is taking a pass on running for a third term.

Updated: 4:13 p.m.

Now that Rob Portman has taken himself out of the picture for a run for a third term, a brawl may be brewing in Ohio Republican circles to take his place.