Sen. Rand Paul is weighing on the crowded GOP Senate main field in Ohio from the 2022 race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman.
Fox News has discovered the two-term, libertarian-minded senator from Kentucky and 2016 Republican presidential competition is supporting Cleveland businessman and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons.
"Mike Gibbons is a freedom minded, financial and constitutional conservative who'll endure for our Bill of Rights and also to prevent our endless wars. Mike will combat the revolutionary liberal policies being pushed by the Biden Administration by championing smaller, limited government rules in D.C.," Paul emphasized in an endorsement announcement.
Gibbons, an entrepreneur, property developer and investment banker, announced his candidacy for the Senate a month ago. "I am a businessman, not a politician. I am blunt, plain-spoken, and that I tell it like it's," Gibbons highlighted in his campaign launching video shared nationally with Fox News.
Gibbons said that he was"honored to have the endorsement of Sen. Paul because I seem to deliver an actual conservative voice into Washington. I intend to fight for Ohio worth and push against Democrats' out-of-touch schedule"
Paul, who is up for reelection next year, is expected to go to Ohio to campaign with Gibbons in the forthcoming months.
Paul, a vital ally of former President Trump, becomes the 2nd Republican senator to weigh in about the GOP race to triumph Portman.
Each the candidates have touted their service Trump, but the president has yet to weigh in about the race.
Rep. Mike Turner -- a Republican from Dayton -- has established a listening tour to speak to voters in a Senate bid. One of the additional Republicans seriously contemplating running is venture capitalist J.D. Vance, the writer of the bestselling memoir"Hillbilly Elegy."
Gibbons spotlighted within his launching video he"grew up in Parma, a working suburb of Cleveland. My dad was a high school instructor and a wrestling coach.
The candidate began his own company in age 37, expanding his firm into the Cleveland-headquartered investment banking firm Brown, Gibbons, Lang and Company. Gibbons highlights he's"attained financial success beyond my wildest imagination. I have attained my dream. Now I am running for the U.S. Senate to be sure different individuals have the capability to realize their own American dream."
Since he jumped into the race, Gibbons vowed to make an initial $5 million infusion of his own cash to back his bid up.
However, the Democrats' area is very likely to be considerably more compact compared to the GOP roster of contenders. Former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton, who participated a Senate bid, announced she would not seek the nomination. Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce will also be thought to be possible contenders.
The U.S. Senate is divided 50-50 between both parties, however, the Democrats maintain a razor-thin bulk on account of this tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as president of the Senate. That means that the GOP only wants a one-seat pickup to recover the majority.
Besides Ohio, the GOP can also be defending open seats at the key battlegrounds of both North Carolina and Pennsylvania in Addition to in Missouri and Alabama.