Sunday, September 24

Who is Republican Josh Mandel?

  • Mandel is the former treasurer of Ohio
  • The 44-year-old is in his third senate run.
  • Like many in GOP midterm races, he is styling himself as the “Trump” candidate

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is among the candidates running in the wide-open Republican race for Senate in Ohio.

The former US Marine is making his third run for the seat. Like several of the candidates in the GOP contest, he is banking on winning the vote of former President Donald Trump’s supporters by touting himself as the former president’s strongest advocate. He has loudly pronounced on the campaign trail the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

The northeast, Ohio, native, who scored the endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruztakes on a field of candidates that includes businessman Mike Gibbons, former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timkenventure capitalist JD Vance and others in the Republican primary on May 3.

Who is Josh Mandel?

Mandel has been a fixture in Ohio politics for years, but he hasn’t held an elected office since 2019. He has already run two unsuccessful campaigns for the US Senate, most recently withdrawing from the 2018 race.

Former Rep. Jim Renacci, now a Republican candidate for Ohio governor, ran in Mandel’s place. He lost to incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, to Democrat.

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