Senate rep | Allies of McConnell start a media push to support J.D. Vance's Senate campaign in Ohio.

The $28 million pledge comes at a time when other Republican Senate candidates are having difficulty in places that would typically be more competitive than Ohio.




To support Senate candidate J.D. Vance in Ohio, a group affiliated with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is spending $28 million on airtime. This is the latest spending spree for Vance, the author of "Hillbilly Elegy," who is facing questions about how strong he will be in a state that leans Republican.


According to a spokeswoman, Senate Leadership Fund TV and radio commercials will start airing on September 6 and continue until election day throughout the state. The investment was initially reported by Cleveland.com.


Since Vance's victory in a contentious and crowded primary in May, his campaign has come under fire from Republicans both locally and nationally. Rep. Tim Ryan, his Democratic rival, has spent the summer flooding the airwaves with a pro-GOP message. Meanwhile, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia, two Republican Senate candidates who typically would be more competitive than Ohio, have faltered, raising concerns about how thinly the party's resources may be distributed this November.


A national Republican operative with extensive experience in Ohio recently stated, about efforts by outside spending groups to support Vance, which started coming to light this month: "Every dollar spent on his race is a dollar not spent in a more competitive state." The operator asked for anonymity so that he could talk openly about tensions within the party.


Vance had been keeping a low profile until a recent flurry of activities that included a Friday visit in Youngstown with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. His campaign had more debt at the end of the most recent fundraising period than it did cash on hand. Additionally, a poll conducted of potential voters on Thursday by Emerson College revealed that Vance and Ryan were in a statistical tie with 45% each. Sen. Rob Portman, the Republican whose retirement has freed the seat, was re-elected by more than 20 percentage points in 2016, and former President Donald Trump carried Ohio by 8 percentage points in both 2016 and 2020.


President of the Senate Leadership Fund Steven Law stated via email, "Tim Ryan has been living a lie, spending millions unopposed to sell people on a vision of himself that doesn't fit with reality." "That's about to change as Ohioans see the real Ryan, who supports Pelosi and Biden in Washington, in crystal clear detail."


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