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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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE in a new robocall urges Ohioans to back Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio businessman Mike Gibbons steps down from super PAC as he weighs Senate bid Democrats face tough odds in race for Ohio Senate seat Democrats will expand their Senate majority in 2022 MORE (R) in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, arguing that only Renacci can defeat incumbent Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownMandel gets Club for Growth nod in Ohio Senate primary Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Mellman: How the Senate decided impeachment 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 SchumerChuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks 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 JenkinsWest Virginia New Members 2019 Republican Carol Miller holds off Democrat in West Virginia House race Trump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report MORE and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the race to take on Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill 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 DonnellyEverybody wants Joe Manchin Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big MORE (D).