'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate

'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate
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Bestselling author J.D. Vance will not run for Senate in Ohio next year, closing the door on the prospect of a longshot bid for the Republican nomination.

Vance told The Atlantic on Friday that while he took "a serious look at it because I care about the direction of the party," ultimately, "it would have been an objectively bad call for my family."

A handful of Republicans had attempted to push Vance into the race, which currently features Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and businessman Mike Gibbons.

While Mandel has locked up a slew of powerful endorsements like Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP leader: Congress may settle for pared-down immigration deal Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Key senator floats new compromise for immigration talks MORE (R-Ohio) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas), some Republicans are lukewarm about putting him up for repeat battle against Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump accuses Dems of 'treasonous' behavior Former Ohio football star faces conservative rival in GOP primary fight Dems press Trump for 'Buy American' proposals in infrastructure plan MORE (D-Ohio), who beat him in 2012.


Those concerns were exacerbated in some corners after Mandel accused the Anti-Defamation League of being a "partisan witchhunt group" against conservatives for its decision to add far-right personalities Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec to a list of figures associated with the "alt-right."

Vance rose to prominence thanks to his best-selling 2016 memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" on life in Appalachia and has become more politically active as his book's success continues.