Bernie Moreno Wins Ohio Republican Senate Primary

( – Bernie Moreno, a South African native who works as a businessman in Ohio, just won the Republican primary Senate race in his state. The GOP nominee has endorsements from numerous right-wing politicians, including former President Donald Trump. He won against State Senator Matt Dolan, who currently represents District 24, and former Ohio State Senator and Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

Poll results published in The New York Times show Moreno had roughly 50% of the state’s conservative vote, making him the clear winner. Dolan came in second with just shy of 33%, and LaRose trailed in third with just 16.6%. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on March 19, but media sources called the race with roughly 95% of the votes counted.

Trump will have another ally in Washington, DC if Moreno wins the general election. The Ohio conservative would join fellow MAGA Republican JD Vance in the US Senate, but more importantly, he would be flipping a blue seat and helping the Right strengthen its position in Congress. Moreno alluded to his victory on X, formerly Twitter. He wrote that the former president would “soon have two America First patriots” representing Ohio. During his victory speech, he stated that he wore Trump’s endorsement “with a badge of honor” and told his fellow Ohio residents that their mission was now to help him beat out the state’s uncontested Democratic nominee, Sherrod Brown, in November.

Brown was first elected to the US Senate in 2006. The Cleveland resident currently serves on four committees and sees himself as a champion of the local automobile industry. With roughly $13 million remaining in his election fund, he could be a tough contender to beat. Moreno reportedly only has about $2.4 million left after fighting his way through the primaries. Current polls, according to FiveThirtyEight, show Brown as ahead by as many as 12 percentage points nationally.

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