Republicans Unifying around Mandel as Republican Nominee
COLUMBUS – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman endorsed Josh Mandel in Ohio’s 2018 race for United States Senate.
“Josh is a Marine veteran and a fiscal conservative who has led the charge to make our state’s government the most transparent and accountable in the entire country,” said Senator Portman. “Today, I’m encouraging all Republicans to unify behind Josh so we can work together to get this economy moving again, to fight for more jobs and higher wages, and to restore America’s leadership role in the world. Just as Josh served two tours of duty in Iraq protecting us, he’ll continue to work hard to keep us safe as a United States Senator.”
“I’m honored to have Senator Portman’s support,” said Mandel. “Rob is a proven fighter for Ohio families and is leading the charge to tackle our most challenging issues. From the opioid epidemic and combatting human trafficking to protecting our Great Lakes and unleashing our home-grown energy resources, Rob is at the forefront of working to make Ohio a better place to work and live. As our next United State Senator, I’ll join Rob in Washington to fight for the issues that matter most to Ohioans.”
Senator Portman’s endorsement is just the latest in a steady flow of momentum solidifying Treasurer Mandel’s position as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
In recent weeks, two independent polls were released showing Mandel leading Sherrod Brown in the race for US Senate in Ohio. Coming from some of the only polling organizations to correctly predict Donald Trump’s general election victory in 2016, three independent polls in a row have shown Mandel leading Brown.
In addition, after months of speculation and over $6 million in the bank to use in a primary, Congressman Pat Tiberi announced last week that he would not run for the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for Mandel to take up the Republican mantle against Brown.
Mandel already is well-positioned with a strong grassroots network, county leaders in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, and two weeks ago, Mandel earned the support of Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson and a host of other state party activists.
These moves add to the growing list of notable conservatives who have lined up in support behind Mandel, including Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Tom Cotton.
In what will likely be one of the most expensive and high profile Senate races in the country, conservatives in Ohio and across America agree that Josh Mandel is the strongest candidate to defeat Sherrod Brown next year.
Senator Portman’s endorsement video can be viewed here: Click to Watch Video