Cleveland.com also reported that White House officials urged Renacci to drop his gubernatorial bid and run for Senate.
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In a letter today to supporters, Renacci said he was asked to a meeting at the White House - it occurred Wednesday - "at which I was asked to help protect the future of President [Donald] Trump's agenda by entering Ohio's 2018 race for the United States Senate".
Renacci, a Republican from Wadsworth running for governor, has been one of the most discussed names for the Senate race after Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he was dropping out last Friday, shocking OH political observers. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and will announce his candidacy on Thursday.
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Mr. Renacci leaves the Republican race for governor to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and their running mates.
Conservative leaders immediately started encouraging Renacci to get into the Senate race, but the four-term congressman said he'd consider it only if Trump asked him.
"My goal is to be the governor of the state of Ohio", Renacci said Monday on the "Wills and Snyder Show" on WTAM radio in Cleveland. "And I want them to know I'm serious", he said last week, according to the Dayton Daily News. The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor earlier said he'd make that move if encouraged to by President Donald Trump, who carried the swing state in 2016.
Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.
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Tressel has donated to Republican campaigns over the past decade, mostly to Ohioans.
"No one has done more to support President Trump in OH than Mike Gibbons has, including serving as a campaign finance chair for the President and no one will do more than Mike to advance conservative policies and the Trump agenda in the Senate", said Mr. Gibbons' general consultant, Mike Biundo.
The former football coach's only donation outside of OH, besides his support for Kasich, was $1,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2008, when Sen. "It's not that the state's not important but without straightening out this country we're going to have some serious issues", Renacci said of the message from the White House.
Renacci, who has represented OH in Congress since 2011, would have the president's support in a state Trump won in 2016 by 8 percentage points.
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