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Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanJ.D. Vance emerges as wild card in Ohio GOP Senate primary 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 Biden faces dilemma on Trump steel tariffs MORE (D-Ohio) said he is “looking seriously” at running for Senate in 2022 after Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanKerry Washington backs For the People Act: 'Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted' This week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight UK appeals to Congress in push for trade deal MORE (R-Ohio) announced his retirement earlier Monday.

“I’m overwhelmed by supporters who are reaching out to encourage me to run for Senate. I haven’t made a decision yet but I’m looking seriously at it,” Ryan tweeted Monday. “Ohio deserves leaders who fight for working people. #OHSen.”

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Ryan briefly ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2019, presenting himself as a moderate capable of winning over Trump supporters in contrast to progressive figures such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Politics of discontent: Who will move to the center and win back Americans' trust? MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Exclusive: Democrat exploring 'patriot tax' on multimillionaires' wealth McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (D-Mass.). Ohio was one of a handful of states former Presidents Trump and Obama both won twice.

Unlike Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which clinched President Biden’s 2020 victory after Trump won them in 2016, Ohio has continued trending conservative, with 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) elected in 2018 and the state voting about 10 points to the right of the nation overall in 2020.

Portman announced in Cincinnati on Monday morning that he would not seek a third Senate term next year, citing what he called a climate of political polarization.

“We live in an increasingly polarized country where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground,” Portman said. “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.”