Ohio Senate showdown: JD Vance calls polls a ‘big joke’ and swears he’ll have the funds to fight Tim Ryan


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With three months until Election Day, Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, JD Vance, says he is “very confident about where we are.”

Vance, a former hedge fund executive and best-selling author who won a deadly GOP Senate primary in early May, trails Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in the latest public opinion polls in the Ohio Senate race, l one of the few across the country who can determine whether Republicans regain a majority of the House in November’s midterm elections.

“I think the polls are frankly a big joke, especially this far,” Vance said Friday in an interview with Fox News, before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.

Vance pointed to public opinion polls ahead of the 2016 presidential election that indicated a close contest in Buckeye State between former President Donald Trump and then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Ohio, at the time, was a key general election battleground state, but Trump won it by eight points in his 2016 White House victory and in his loss in the 2016 White House. 2020 reelection against President Biden, turning the state from purple to red.

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JD Vance, GOP candidate for the Ohio Senate, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Vance was also dramatically elevated by Ryan in the crucial battle for campaign money, in the race to succeed retired GOP Sen. Rob Portman. He acknowledged that “fundraising is definitely something Democrats always do better than Republicans.”

But he claimed that “we started our TV commercial a few days ago, fundraising is going well and we will definitely have the money we need to tell the story that the people of Ohio deserve to live. ‘To hear”.

Vance’s campaign, in conjunction with the Republican National Senate Committee, has launched what they say is a million-dollar ad buy. Ryan has been running television spots since the May 3 primary, spending about $6 million to date.

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Vance, taking aim at his general election rival, claimed that “Tim Ryan is running a gaslighting campaign. He’s trying to persuade people that he’s a moderate when in fact he’s been with Joe Biden 100% of the time. When the people of Ohio find out they’ve been lied to, and we’re gonna make sure they find out they’ve been lied to, they won’t vote for this career politician who has nothing to do in the Senate.”

Ryan, a longtime congressman from northeast Ohio who championed the working class during his many years in Congress and during his unsuccessful run for the White House in 2020, easily beat two lesser rivals. known for winning the Democratic Senate nomination.

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio answers a question during a Democratic primary debate

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio answers a question during a Democratic primary debate
(Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ryan’s campaign spokesperson Izzi Levy, responding to Vance’s comments, said in a statement to Fox News that “it’s funny to hear JD Vance talking about lying to the people of Ohio, when he’s a fraudster from San Francisco who started a fake non-profit organization that did nothing to deal with the opioid epidemic and everything to help JD Vance launch his political career. JD is campaigning in Texas in right now because he couldn’t find Ohio on a map if he tried.

Vance’s endorsement by former President Donald Trump less than three weeks before the primary catapulted the candidate to victory for the first time over a handful of Republican rivals who have also sought the former president’s support. Vance ran a populist primary campaign that highlighted his support for Trump’s America First agenda.

But in the general election showdown, he faced widespread criticism from Democrats, as well as some Republicans, for what they describe as his absence from the campaign trail in Ohio.

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Asked about the beatings of his fellow Republicans, Vance said: “It’s frankly a very small number of votes, which generally didn’t support me in the Republican primary. My argument for them is, listen, I understand that you didn’t necessarily like everything about It’s Time to Unite the Party. It’s time to stop complaining and do the hard work to make sure we beat Tim Ryan in November.

And Vance pointed out that “for every loud voice that criticizes our campaign, there are 100 people in the State of Ohio working hard, making sure we get the message out. These are the people who will ultimately be responsible for winning this race for us.”


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