Republican Senate candidate JD Vance won Tuesday night’s Ohio Senate race, soundly defeating Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan by nearly 300,000 votes.
Vance’s bid had been viewed as a key battle for Republican control of the Senate after the “Hillbilly Elegy” author announced his candidacy during an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson last year
Vance had faced criticism from some conservative Republicans for voting against 45th President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and instead supporting Evan McMullin, the so-called “Never Trump” conservative presidential candidate.
However, Vance would later switch his tune and become a staunch ally of the former president, who officially endorsed him in April in what was a tight Ohio Republican Senate primary race.
“Like some others, J.D. Vance may have said some not so great things about me in the past, but he gets it now, and I have seen that in spades,” Trump noted. “He is our best chance for victory in what could be a very tough race,” adding that the endorsement was not “easy” to make.
Massive Victory Tonight!
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After winning 53.6% of the vote to Ryan’s 46.3%, Vance will ascend to his future seat in the Senate after running against issues like border security, crime, Big Tech censorship, and election integrity — all of which attributed to his pivotal Trump endorsement.
Vance’s victory comes one day after President Trump joined him during an election-eve rally in Dayton in which he hinted to a future 2024 Presidential run.
“Not to detract from tomorrow’s very important – even critical – election,” Trump told the crowd at the Ohio rally alongside Vance, “I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.”
This news and commentary by Andrew White originally appeared on Valiant News.