Trump records robocall in support of Renacci ahead of Ohio Senate primary

Trump records robocall in support of Renacci ahead of Ohio Senate primary
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE in a new robocall urges Ohioans to back Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciNew polling shows Brown, DeWine with leads in Ohio Dark money group targets Brown over previous domestic violence claim The Hill's Morning Report: Trump’s allies turn against him MORE (R) in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, arguing that only Renacci can defeat incumbent Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment New polling shows Brown, DeWine with leads in Ohio MORE (D) in November.

BuzzFeed News first reported that the robocall went out to voters on Monday night. In the message, Trump expresses his support for Renacci, and ties Brown to Democratic leadership.

“Jim is my guy in Ohio. I’ve endorsed Jim in tomorrow’s Republican primary because he’s already helping me to make America great again,” Trump says in the call.

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“The only Republican that’s going to beat Sherrod Brown is Jim, and that’s why I give him my full endorsement,” he adds.

Trump also calls Brown “Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Dems push to delay Kavanaugh vote for investigation Democrats should end their hypocrisy when it comes to Kavanaugh and the judiciary Celebrities back both Cuomo and Nixon as New Yorkers head to primary vote MORE and Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor MORE’s guy,” arguing that the Democrat follows orders from party leadership. 

Renacci is running against Mike Gibbons, a businessman who has sought to frame himself as a conservative outsider in Trump's mold.

Trump endorsed Renacci late last month.

The Ohio primary is one of three Senate contests on the docket for Tuesday. GOP primaries are set to take place in West Virginia and Indiana as well. 

Trump has not endorsed a candidate in West Virginia, but on Monday encouraged voters to reject Don Blankenship (R). The controversial ex-coal executive is running in the GOP primary against Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsMore than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents Key Republican says House taking targeted approach to combating opioid epidemic Dem candidate denies W.Va. is racist for rejecting Obama MORE and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the race to take on Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday MORE (D).

Trump has not weighed in on the Indiana race, but is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in South Bend on Thursday after the party has selected its nominee to challenge Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday MORE (D).