Republican Moreno ends U.S. Senate campaign in Ohio

Originally published: 2/5/22

Updated 3/2/22 with final list of candidates.

Ohio businessman Bernie Moreno, a Republican, dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate on Thursday night.

“I asked for a private meeting with President Trump this afternoon to discuss the state of the Ohio Senate race,” Moreno said in a news release issued Thursday night. “After talking to President Trump we both agreed this race has too many Trump candidates and could cost the MAGA movement a conservative seat.”

Moreno said he will support whichever candidate former President Donald Trump endorses.

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There are seven Republicans and three Democrats vying to replace U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, who announced a year ago he would not seek a third term.

The Republican primary candidates are: State Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel of Beachwood, Neil Patel of Westerville, businessman Mark Pukita of Dublin, former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken of Canton and author and businessman J.D. Vance of Cincinnati.

The Democratic primary candidates are: attorney Morgan Harper of Columbus, Traci Johnson of Hilliard and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland Twp.

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