Ohio GOP Senate primary: Timken targets male rivals who ‘overcompensate’ trying to show Trump support
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EXCLUSIVE: In the crowded and explosive Republican Senate primary in Ohio, where all but one of the main candidates are highlighting their support for Donald Trump in the hope of securing the former president’s endorsement, Jane Timken takes aim at her rivals masculine.
Timken, who resigned as Ohio GOP chairwoman last year to launch her Senate campaign, showcases her Trump credentials and playfully stings three other candidates who are also seeking the former president’s support in a new ad that begins airing Friday and was first shared with Fox. News.
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“We all know guys who overcompensate for their shortcomings, and that description fits guys in the Senate race to a T,” Timken told the camera in the spot.
Next to her are pictures of three of her main rivals – Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker making his second bid for the GOP Senate nomination, former Ohio Treasurer and former two-time Senate nominee Josh Mandel, and JD Vance, a hedge fund executive and the author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy”.
All four candidates made full court press to win the endorsement of Trump, who remains hugely popular and influential with Republican voters in Ohio and across the country as he continues to play the role of kingmaker in the GOP primaries and repeatedly teases another run for the White House. in 2024.
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“Well, I’m different. I’m the MAGA curator with a spine,” Timken points out, as she stands next to a photo of herself with Trump.
And highlighting her tenure as Ohio GOP chairwoman, she boasts, “I’ve turned Ohio into Trump country. And as your next senator, I’ll fight for stronger borders, American jobs and more.” parental rights.”
The only candidate among the leading GOP contenders in the race to succeed retired GOP Sen. Rob Portman not to do a full press for Trump’s endorsement is State Sen. Matt Dolan, a former attorney whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians. formerly known as Indians.
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Timken’s campaign tells Fox News that their new spot will air statewide in Ohio as part of their existing six-figure ad buy. The release of the Timken ad comes days after a new ad from Gibbons questioned the Trump credentials of Vance and Timken.
With the GOP main field teeming with wealthy suitors who are also backed by well-funded super PACs, nearly $20 million has been spent to date running ads, according to figures from national ad tracking firm AdImpact. . And nearly all of the ad spending, with two and a half months still to go until the May 3 primary in Ohio, has been on the Republican side.