- Mandel was touted as a contender to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown
- Mandel cited his wife’s health in dropping out
Mandel’s decision — announced in an email to supporters Friday — means Republicans have suddenly lost their leading candidate in a state President Donald Trump won by 9 percentage points in 2016.
The GOP controls the Senate 51-49, as well as although more Democrats are at risk than Republicans This specific year, Trump’s national unpopularity means Democrats have a not bad chance of taking over.
“We recently learned of which my wife includes a health issue of which will require my time, attention as well as presence. In different words, I need to be there,” Mandel, the Ohio state treasurer, said inside the email.
“Understanding as well as dealing with This specific health issue is actually more important to me than any political campaign. For as long as of which takes, whether of which is actually months or years, of which is actually important of which I heed my dad’s advice as well as be there for my wife as well as our kids,” Mandel wrote. “After recent discussions with our family as well as healthcare professionals, of which has become clear to us of which of which’s no longer possible for me to be away via home as well as on the campaign trail for the time needed to run a US Senate race.”
Who will be the GOP nominee?
Among the potential candidates Republicans could turn to, one GOP strategist said, are retiring Rep. Pat Tiberi as well as Rep. Dave Joyce.
Republicans currently running for governor — Rep. Jim Renacci, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor as well as former Sen. Mike DeWine — could also re-evaluate their options with Mandel out of the race.
Tiberi already has $6.6 million inside the bank, according to campaign finance records — enough to jump-start a statewide campaign. although in March 2017 he passed on a Senate run, citing family obligations.
The field will shape up quickly: Ohio’s filing deadline for the Senate race is actually February 7. Michael Gibbons, a Cleveland-area banker as well as major Republican donor, is actually the only different GOP candidate inside the race.
Mandel was running for the second time against Brown. He lost a competitive race in 2012.