The 2022 midterms will determine what the remainder of President Joe Biden’s first term in the Oval Office looks like.
And with primaries quickly approaching, candidates are scrambling to lock up votes.
Now, former President Donald Trump may have just clinched a victory for an outsider Senate candidate in this key battleground state.
Former President Donald Trump has decided who he is backing in the crowded Ohio Republican Primary for an open-Senate seat.
Multiple reports have surfaced that the 45th President of the United States will throw his support behind JD Vance.
Vance is the best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy, which was turned into a hit movie for Netflix.
According to NBC News, Trump has been calling his large donors and most trusted advisors to discuss endorsing Vance.
Former Ohio Treasurer and Congressman Josh Mandel and former Ohio GOP Chairwoman Jane Timken had both heavily been vying for the coveted Trump endorsement.
Mandel is backed by Trump’s favorite U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and America First Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan – who is said to still be trying to convince Trump on backing Mandel over Vance.
Meanwhile, Timken has the support of sitting Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman.
The seat is open because Senator Portman is not seeking re-election.
Businessman Mike Gibbon is neck-and-neck with Mandel at the top of the polling.
Vance is consistently coming in third, with Timken and State Senator Matt Dolan trailing.
Trump came out early and announced Dolan was the one candidate he wasn’t considering.
The former President pointed to the Dolan Family bowing to cancel culture and changing the name of the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians as one of his reasons.
Dolan’s father, Larry, is the principal owner of the Indians, while his older brother Paul is the team’s chairman and CEO.
Dolan has been running as the anti-Trump candidate in the race and with his four rivals all trying to court the former President, Dolan has stood out with some moderate primary voters and has gained some momentum.
He also has done well fundraising for his campaign thanks to his family’s fortune.
However, if the reported Trump endorsement of Vance comes true, it should consolidate pro-Trump support behind Vance’s candidacy.
Vance was critical of Trump back in the early days of his 2016 candidacy – but the venture capitalist was trying to get Big Media to give coverage to his book at the time.
Since then, he’s come out as one of the leading America First voices of any U.S. Senate candidates in the country.
He’s called out Democrat’s go-to play of labeling anyone who disagrees with them as racists, has continued to back a border wall, and been critical of President Joe Biden sending many millions of dollars to Ukraine while American families struggle to make ends meet.
Vance, whose mother struggled with drug addiction, has also made combating the opioid epidemic a centerpiece of his campaign.
Similarly, Trump spoke often about fixing the opioid epidemic during his 2016 run for the White House.
The GOP primary in the Buckeye State will be held May 3, and the winner will likely go on to face Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan, who is the presumptive nominee for his party given the lack of credible candidates running against him in the Blue primary.