Renacci tapped into one other nicely of conservative grievances simply after the election when he trashed DeWine for recognizing Joe Biden’s victory. The governor’s scenario received significantly extra critical days later when Donald Trump, who nonetheless had a Twitter account, wrote, “Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!” However, whereas Trump has continued to coach his venom on two different GOP governors, Arizona’s Doug Ducey and Georgia’s Brian Kemp, he’s largely left DeWine alone throughout 2021.
That may change at any time after all, but when Renacci is relying on Trump’s backing, he could also be in for an enormous disappointment: NBC studies that Trump is unlikely to endorse the ex-congressman due to his underwhelming 2018 Senate marketing campaign. Indeed, Renacci’s defeat by the hands of Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown that 12 months makes him the one Republican to lose a partisan election in Ohio over the past 4 cycles. (Democrats have prevailed in formally nonpartisan state Supreme Court races.)
Renacci initially entered the race for governor in a subject that included DeWine, however he switched to the Senate contest after the presumptive nominee, ex-Treasurer Josh Mandel, all of the sudden dropped out. Republicans hoped that the state’s rightward drift would give them a powerful likelihood to unseat Brown, however they quickly grew to become dispirited by unfavorable polls and what they noticed as a weak effort from Renacci.
Team Red was particularly pissed that the challenger loaned his campaign $4 million however by no means spent most of it (nearly $3.5 million in loans were repaid to the candidate after the marketing campaign was over), and his precise fundraising proved to be unimpressive. It didn’t assist that he managed to draw unhelpful headlines like, “Jim Renacci failed to pay strip club owner for governor campaign flights,” and main outdoors teams never bothered to spend much money to assist him. Brown ended up winning 53-47, at the same time as DeWine prevailed 50-47 and the GOP swept each different partisan statewide race that very same night.