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J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” decides against Senate run

J. D. Vance, a venture capitalist and the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” has announced that he isn’t going to seek the Republican nomination to run against Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, in the upcoming November election.

Although Vance had originally said he wasn’t going to run for the Senate, he reconsidered that decision after initial frontrunner Josh Mandel, current Ohio state treasurer, chose to bow out of the race because of an unspecified health issue involving his wife, according to Politico. Experts had been predicting a rematch between Brown and Mandel, who opposed each other in the 2012 Senate election in which Brown emerged as the victor.

“I am truly honored by everyone who encouraged me to run for the senate(sic) this year,” Vance explained in a statement posted on Twitter. “I thought seriously about running in August 2017, but decided that the timing was awful for my young family. Some things have changed since then, but not enough to make running a good idea.”

After describing the various work in his professional and personal life, Vance concluded: “count me out of politics for now.”

With Mandel and Vance both deciding not to run, the default frontrunner is Rep. Jim Renacci, who has already received the support of Ohio’s Republican congressional delegation. His main opponent in the primaries will be Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland-area businessman. Their primary battle against each other has already taken a bizarre turn, with Renacci’s campaign accusing a former staffer of stealing some of their internal documents to help Gibbons, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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