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Dallas – With three months until Election Day, Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance says he feels “very confident about where we are.”
Vance, the former hedge fund executive and best-selling author who won the Republican Senate primary in early May, trails Democratic Representative Tim Ryan in the latest public opinion polls in the Ohio Senate race, one of a handful around The country may determine whether Republicans will win a majority in the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.
“I think the polls, frankly, are a big joke especially at this far,” Vance said Friday in an interview with Fox News, before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.
Vance pointed to public opinion polls ahead of the 2016 presidential election that indicated there was a tight rivalry in Buckeye State between former President Donald Trump and then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Ohio was, at the time, a major battleground state in the general election, but Trump won it by eight points in both his 2016 White House victory and his 2020 re-election defeat to President Biden, transforming the state from Color purple to red.
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Ryan has also raised Vance significantly in the crucial battle for campaign money, in the race for the success of retired Republican Senator Rob Portman. He admitted that “fundraising is definitely something Democrats always do better than Republicans.”
But he emphasized that “we started our TV commercials a couple of days ago, fundraising is going well, and we’re sure to have the money we need to tell the story Ohioans deserve to hear.”
Vance’s campaign, in conjunction with the Republican Senate National Committee, launched what they say is a $1 million ad purchase. Ryan has been holding spots on TV since the May 3 primary, spending nearly $6 million to date.
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Vance, targeting his general election opponent, claimed that “Tim Ryan is running a gaslighting campaign. He’s trying to impress people while being moderate when in fact he’s been with Joe Biden 100% of the time. When people in Ohio realize they might They lied to them, and we will make sure that they realize that they have been lied to, and that they will not vote for this professional politician who has no business in the Senate.”
Ryan, a longtime congressman from Northeast Ohio who championed the working class during his many years in Congress and during his unsuccessful campaign for the White House in 2020, easily outperformed lesser-known rivals for the Democratic nomination for the Senate.
In response to Vance’s comments, Ryan campaign spokesperson Izzy Levy said in a statement to Fox News, “It’s funny to hear J.D. Vance talk about lying to Ohioans when he’s a scammer in San Francisco who started a phony nonprofit that did it. Nothing. To address the opioid epidemic and everything to help JD Vance launch his political career. JD is campaigning in Texas now because he couldn’t find Ohio on the map if he tried.”
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Vance less than three weeks before the primaries propelled the first-time candidate to victory over a handful of Republican challengers who also sought the former president’s support. Vance ran a grassroots primary campaign that highlighted his support for the Trump America First agenda.
But during the general election standoff, he faced plenty of criticism from Democrats, as well as some Republicans, for what they called his absence from the Ohio campaign trail.
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When asked about the punches from fellow Republicans, Vance said, “It’s frankly very few votes, who generally didn’t support me in the Republican primaries. And my argument for them is, look, I get that you don’t necessarily like everything about the primaries. It’s time to unite the party. It’s time to stop complaining and really do the hard work to make sure we beat Tim Ryan in November.”
Vance stressed, “For every loud voice criticizing our campaign, there are 100 people in Ohio who work hard and make sure to get the message across. These are the people who will ultimately take responsibility for us to win this race.”