Jim Renacci Leaves Governor Race To Launch US Senate Bid Instead

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The author of the best-selling memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" is seriously considering a Senate run in OH as a Republican, according to a report.

Renacci entered the race for governor in March of a year ago and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign.

Still running for governor are Republicans Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, with at least a half dozen Democrats seeking nomination May 8.

Earlier this week, Congressman Jim Renacci told Cleveland radio station WTAM he was considering making the switch.

"I do know the Senate needs more people to help the president move America forward", Renacci said.

"I really believe I need to put country first and answer the call to action to serve our nation and come back and try and fight for the Trump agenda and try and get things done in the Senate", Renacci said.

Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.

Brown, an Ohio Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, now faces Republican Mike Gibbons.

Joyce is not the only one who has expressed interest in Tressel challenging Brown, in large part because of the famed coach's name recognition. "He brings nothing to the table but a record of giving away tax breaks to multi-millionaires like himself, while making OH families pay more for their healthcare and empowering corporations to send good OH jobs overseas", Strassberger said.

But Gibbons, whose net worth has been estimated to be as much as $100 million, would have the bankroll to fund a formidable campaign.

The former football coach's only donation outside of OH, besides his support for Kasich, was $1,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2008, when Sen.

Another GOP official in Washington said Renacci would "do it if he got assurances from Trump and the White House that he is their guy".

Schrimpf said Gibbons has been working hard to cement his place in the field.

Gibbons also has ed the National Republican Senate Committee and members of his campaign have been in touch with the Trump White House, Schrimpf said.

Mike Biundo, a consultant for Gibbons, said Gibbons was committed to the race and had done more to support Trump than any other potential candidate.