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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE in a new robocall urges Ohioans to back 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) in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, arguing that only Renacci can defeat incumbent Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Democratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 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.


“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 SchumerJoe Biden can't lead the charge from his home in Delaware Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MORE and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMeadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Pelosi floats undoing SALT deduction cap in next coronavirus bill Overnight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill 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) ManchinWhite House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on Senate fails to advance coronavirus stimulus bill for second time in two days 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 DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (D).