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Dallas – With three months to go until Election Day, Ohio Republican Senate candidate JD Vance said he was “confident in where we are.”
Vance, a former hedge fund executive and best-selling author, won the Republican Senate primary in early May, trailing Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in the latest polls in the Ohio Senate race, one of the few in the nation likely to decide Republicans Will it regain its majority in the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections.
“Frankly, I think the polls are a big joke, especially this far,” Vance said in an interview with Fox News on Friday, before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas. .
Vance pointed to polls leading up to the 2016 presidential election showing a close race between former President Donald Trump and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the Buckeye state. Ohio was a major battleground state in the general election at the time, but Trump’s 2016 White House victory and 2020 re-election defeat to President Biden both won by 8 percentage points, turning the state from purple to red .
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Vance was also dramatically raised by Ryan for successfully retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman in a key battle for campaign funding. He acknowledged that “of course fundraising is something Democrats always do better than Republicans.”
But he asserted, “We started the TV ad a few days ago, the fundraising is going well, and we’re definitely getting the funding we need to tell the story Ohioans deserve to hear.”
Vance’s campaign teamed up with the National Republican Senate Committee to launch what they said was a $1 million ad buy. Ryan has been running commercials on TV since the May 3 primary, spending about $6 million to date.
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Vance took aim at his election opponent, claiming that “Tim Ryan is running a seditious campaign. He’s trying to convince people and he’s a moderate when in fact he spends 100% of his time with Joe Biden is together. When the people of Ohio realize they’ve been duped, we’ll make sure they realize they’ve been duped and they won’t vote for this career politician who has no business in the Senate.”
Ryan, a longtime congressman from northeastern Ohio, who has championed the working class during his years in Congress and during his failed 2020 White House bid, handily defeated two lesser-known rivals to win the Democratic Senate nomination.
Responding to Vance’s comments, Ryan campaign spokesperson Izzi Levy said, “It’s funny to hear JD Vance talk about lying to the people of Ohio because he’s a San Francisco liar who started a fake nonprofit,” and “nothing can fix it.” Neither did the opioid epidemic to help JD Vance launch his political career. JD is running in Texas now because if he tries, he can’t find Ohio on the map. “
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Vance comes less than three weeks after the primary primary’s first-time nominee won a handful of Republican rivals who also sought the former president’s support. Vance ran a populist primary that highlighted his support for Trump’s America First agenda.
But he faced plenty of criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for his absence from the Ohio campaign during the election showdown.
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When asked about his fellow Republicans, Vance said: “Frankly, in the Republican primary, they don’t usually support me. My argument to them is, look, I understand that you don’t necessarily like about it.”
Vance emphasized, “For every loud criticism of our campaign, 100 people in Ohio are working hard to make sure we get our message out. Those people will ultimately be responsible for winning this race for us.”