2023-01-19 – The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a series of three ads targeting three Democrat Senators and urging them to retire. Now Republicans have an update in Ohio where Senator Sherrod Brown’s seat is still up in the air. Republicans are likely winners in the state but Brown remains a popular candidate, leaving the race in an unusual situation. If Brown runs there is a chance he could win even though he is a Democrat, though if he doesn’t run it will leave the seat wide open.
“The way the state has certainly trended over the last six, seven, eight years now, this is probably the best opportunity to beat him,” said Robert Blizzard, a GOP pollster with experience in Ohio. “This is going to be a different political environment for Sherrod Brown than what he has had to face in previous campaigns.”
Still, whoever wins the primary will likely face a contentious battle against Brown, who has distinguished himself in Ohio as his party’s last statewide elected leader.
Dolan’s entrance into the race marks only the start of the GOP primary. Other candidates said to be considering a run include businessman and former 2022 Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Attorney General David Yost.
The state senator comes into the race with the advantage of personal wealth and a relatively strong name ID. In 2022, Dolan outperformed expectations, narrowly coming in third place with 23.3 percent support. Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel received 23.9 percent support, while Vance won with 32.2 percent support.
While Dolan is a good candidate we will just have to wait and see what happens in 2024.