Polls closed in the Ohio primary Tuesday night, offering a first glance at former President Donald Trump‘s hold over the Republican Party going into the 2022 midterms. 

In the closely watched Republican Senate primary, Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance was running slightly ahead of former state Treasurer Josh Mandel and state Sen. Matt Dolan, whose billionaire family owns the Cleveland Guardians. 

With 44 per cent reporting, Vance held 30.6 per cent of the vote, to Mandel’s 24.5 per cent and Dolan’s 21.9 per cent. Just after polls closed, Dolan was in second and Mandel in third, and then they switched. 

Businessman Mike Gibbons was in fourth place and former Republican Party state official was back in fifth. 

Last month, former President Donald Trump announced he would be endorsing Vance – despite Vance being critical of the ex-president in the past. 

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance (left) shakes the hand of former President Donald Trump (right) during a Save America rally late last month after Trump gave Vance his endorsement 

Early returns showed J.D. Vance neck-and-neck with state Sen. Matt Dolan (pictured), whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team. In September when Dolan announced his Senate bid, Trump said he wouldn't endorse the senator over the Guardians' name change

Early returns showed J.D. Vance neck-and-neck with state Sen. Matt Dolan (pictured), whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team. In September when Dolan announced his Senate bid, Trump said he wouldn’t endorse the senator over the Guardians’ name change 

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance (center), who is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican, stands alongside Reps. Matt Gaetz (left) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) at an event Saturday. He was endorsed by former President Donald Trump last month

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance (center), who is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican, stands alongside Reps. Matt Gaetz (left) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) at an event Saturday. He was endorsed by former President Donald Trump last month 

Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel (left) was in third place in the Republican Ohio Senate primary just after polls closed. While Trump endorsed Vance, he received the endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (right)

Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel (left) was in third place in the Republican Ohio Senate primary just after polls closed. While Trump endorsed Vance, he received the endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (right)

Trump vowed to never support Dolan citing the Guardians’ name change. 

‘Anybody that changes the name of the once storied Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians should not be running for the United States Senate representing the Great People of Ohio,’ Trump said back in September, when Dolan entered the race. 

Other prominent Republicans had endorsed Mandel’s campaign including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan easily won his Ohio Senate Democratic primary, earning nearly 70 per cent of the vote just minutes after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. 

The race was called for Ryan by 8 p.m. 

Ryan was running against Democrats Morgan Harper and Traci Johnson.

He’s hoping to flip a seat occupied by retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman, a moderate. 

While a Democrat, Sen. Sherrod Brown, holds Ohio’s other Senate seat, the state went for Trump in the past two elections. 

During his Tuesday night victory speech, Ryan said he planned to legislate for all Ohioans. 

‘I’m not here to get in a fight. I’m not gonna win on election day and try to punish 50 per cent of the paople that are living in this state or in this country,’ the Ohio Democrat said. 

‘I want you to bring Republicans to our events. I want you to bring independents to our events,’ he also told the crowd. 

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, campaigning for the U.S. Senate, greets supporters during a rally Monday in advance of Ohio's primary. The Ohio Senate Democratic primary was called for Ryan by 8 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, campaigning for the U.S. Senate, greets supporters during a rally Monday in advance of Ohio’s primary. The Ohio Senate Democratic primary was called for Ryan by 8 p.m. 

Democratic Senate nominee Tim Ryan tweeted after easily winning the state's Democratic primary Tuesday night

Democratic Senate nominee Tim Ryan tweeted after easily winning the state’s Democratic primary Tuesday night 

Rep. Tim Ryan, who won the Ohio Senate Democratic primary Tuesday night, told supporters to bring Republicans and independents to his events

Rep. Tim Ryan, who won the Ohio Senate Democratic primary Tuesday night, told supporters to bring Republicans and independents to his events 

Around 8:15 p.m., the Republican gubernatorial primary was called for the state’s incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine, who was facing opposition from his political right.  

With 15 per cent reported, the race was called, with DeWine capturing 56.9 per cent of the vote, followed by Jim Renacci with 25.6 per cent and Joe Blystone with 15.4. 

Two well-known Democratic mayors – Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, and John Cranley, the former mayor of Cincinnati – are vying for the opportunity to go up against DeWine on the fall ballot. 

The race was called for Whaley at 8:49 p.m., who was besting Cranley two-to-one.  

Former President Donald Trump's (right) ex-aide Max Miller (left) is running for U.S. House in Ohio against three Republican primary opponents

Former President Donald Trump’s (right) ex-aide Max Miller (left) is running for U.S. House in Ohio against three Republican primary opponents 

In primaries for the House of Representatives, the Trump-backed Max Miller held an early lead over other GOP hopefuls. 

Trump endorsed Miller last summer when it looked like he would be challenging Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted in favor of the ex-president’s second impeachment. 

Since that time, Gonzalez has announced his retirement and Miller switched to a different Congressional district, due to the redistricting process. 

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Shontel Brown had an early lead over Nina Turner, a prominent figure on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. 

Brown is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, however that didn’t mean she got all the so-called ‘squad’ members’ support, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Turner Monday night. 



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