Ohio Senate Race Top Republican Candidate Drops Out

This decision leaves Republicans more vulnerable in the Ohio Senate race.

At this point, only two business people who have never held political office are left on the Republican side of the Ohio Senate race. That is because Josh Mandel, the current Ohio state treasurer, has dropped out of the race. He wrote supporters, saying that his wife has a health problem requiring his care.

So far, the Republicans haven’t found anyone prominent to enter the Ohio Senate race.

The Federalist reports, “Leading Republican Candidate Drops Out Of Ohio Senate Race.”

Ohio Republican Josh Mandel announced Friday he’s dropping a Senate bid to care for his wife, who is facing an unexpected health issue.

Mandel was the leading candidate to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in November, and his decision leaves Republicans looking to hold onto a Senate majority in 2018 without a top-tier candidate for the race. He had previously run against Brown and lost, but was expected to run a tough race against Brown in a state Trump won easily in 2016.

Mandel, currently Ohio state treasurer, said in a letter to supporters announcing his decision that his wife’s health makes the run impossible to continue.

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