OH-Sen.: After lukewarm primary performance, Renacci faces uphill battle against Brown

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), a late entry to his state’s Senate race, will have to improve on a mediocre showing during the Republican primary in order to beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in November.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Renacci beat primary opponent Mike Gibbons even though more than 400,000 state Republicans voted for other candidates.
“I feel the congressman has got a lot of ground to make up,” Mike Bundo, a Republican strategist, told the Enquirer.
What’s the story?
Renacci initially had his sights set on being governor, and only joined the Senate race after the Republican favorite, Josh Mandel, dropped out abruptly in January due to his wife’s health.
He beat Gibbons 47 percent to 32 percent, but Gibbons did a lot of damage across the state, winning 37 counties. Renacci was aided by wins in densely populated Cincinnati and Cleveland, and an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
“Ohio is a Trump state,

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