Author Vance won't run for Senate in Ohio

Author Vance won't run for Senate in Ohio
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Bestselling author J.D. Vance will not run in the Ohio Republican Senate primary despite encouragement from high-profile Republicans in past weeks.

Vance tweeted his decision on Friday, citing his family and his nonprofit work as key reasons why he skipped a bid.

"I am truly honored by everyone who encouraged me to run for senate this year," he said.

He went on to note how he initially ruled out a bid in August because "the timing was awful for my young family," adding that not enough had changed since then to change his mind.

"My nonprofit organization is on the verge of bringing an addiction specialist into Ohio to help fill some significant treatment gaps, and I've still got a family that needs more of my time than a political campaign would permit," he said.

"I'd rather focus on these things. So count me out of politics for now."

The decision came as Republicans race to reshape the Ohio field after GOP primary front-runner, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, ended his campaign earlier this month, citing his wife's illness. That briefly left businessman Mike Gibbons as the only candidate in the primary.

But Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciDemocrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' MORE (R-Ohio) quickly moved from the gubernatorial primary to the Senate primary. And some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   MORE (R-Ky.), spoke to Vance, the author of the bestseller "Hillbilly Elegy," about a potential bid, according to multiple reports.

Some have used Vance’s book about his life growing up in the Rust Belt as a means to understand the rise of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE and the struggles facing the white working class.

Now Gibbons and Renacci are the top two candidates in the race to square off against Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCritics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Trump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE (D) in the November general election. Republicans are bullish about their chances in the state after a strong 2016 cycle there, but Brown has served in elected office in Ohio for decades and has an overwhelming fundraising advantage.