'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.

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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.