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Another Republican candidate is jumping into the 2022 race to succeed retired Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, one of the most crowded and fiery GOP Senate primaries in the country.

Ohio State Sen. Matt Dolan announced his candidacy on Monday, alleging that “Ohio is being attacked by a socialist agenda pushed by President Biden and by Democrats like Tim Ryan and Chuck Schumer.”


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But Dolan, a longtime state lawmaker whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians (which will be renamed the Cleveland Guardians starting next season), has also indirectly supported already running Republican candidates. But it is clear that the focus of the race has not yet been communicated to the US Senate about our people, our interests and our beloved state. This coincides with the announcement of my candidacy for the US Senate today. changed.”

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And in Dolan’s campaign launch video the narrator said “What if the next senator from Ohio not only spoke big and loud, but had a real record of conservative success. Haven’t thought about cutting in, but have already done it repeatedly.”

Dolan has become the 11th candidate for next year’s GOP Senate nomination in Ohio. The field also includes former Ohio treasurer and two-time Senate nominee Josh Mandel; Former Ohio GOP President Jane Timken; Venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance, Cleveland businessman and luxury auto dealership giant Bernie Moreno; and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate nominee Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer, and investment banker. And longtime Representative Mike Turner, who represents the state’s 10th congressional district, has taken steps toward launching a campaign.

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The winner of next year’s Republican primary could face longtime Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of northeastern Ohio. Ryan, who announced his candidacy for the Senate in April, is considered the favorite for the Democratic nomination in the primary field, which is expected to be much smaller than the larger GOP roster of contenders. Progressive Morgan Harper, a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior adviser and 2020 congressional candidate, announced her candidacy earlier this summer.

The US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, but the Democrats have a much smaller majority due to the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as the Senate’s president. That means the GOP only needs a one-seat pickup to win a majority.

But Republicans are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022. In addition to Ohio, the GOP is also defending open seats in the major battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as Missouri and Alabama.