Former House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination

Former House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination
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A former House Republican is challenging Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio GOP governor comes out against controversial state anti-vaccine bill Overnight Health Care: Biden says US donation of 500 million vaccines will 'supercharge' global virus fight | Moderna asks FDA to clear COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents FDA extends shelf life of J&J vaccine amid concern over expiring doses MORE (R) in the state's 2022 gubernatorial primary.

Former Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciFormer House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Republicans seek to sink Jan. 6 commission GOP governors face challenges from right MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday announced the run on local radio station WTAM and told the Cincinnati Enquirer that "Ohio cannot afford for Mike DeWine to be the governor anymore."

DeWine has been governor of Ohio since 2019 and will be running for reelection.


Renacci is currently the chairman of the Medina County Republican Party. He served four terms in the House before giving up his seat in 2018 to mount an unsuccessful Senate campaign.

Renacci is a backer of former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE and is expected to appeal to the wide swath of the Republican Party that backs the former president. He has attacked DeWine for his coronavirus pandemic restrictions, sounding a similar note to Trump.

Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE, a former campaign manager for Trump, will be advising Renacci, NBC News reported last month.

A source also told the outlet last month that it is unlikely Trump will endorse Renacci due to his failure to win the 2018 Senate race.

A number of Republican governors are seeing primary challenges from adamant Trump supporters who believe they did not support the president enough.