Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown draws his first GOP challenger in key 2024 race


CLEVELAND – Matt Dolan, who lost a lopsided race Republican Senate primary in Ohio last year. Will run again in 2024, this time seeking to unseat. Longtime Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.

Dolan will announce his candidacy this week, he told an Ohio GOP official in a voicemail Sunday. That the official shared with NBC News on condition of anonymity.

A representative for Dolan declined to comment Monday.

Brown has said he plans to seek a fourth term next year. Dolan, a state senator whose family owns. The Cleveland Guardians, will likely be the first candidate on the GOP side to announce. Other Republicans looking at the race include. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Bernie Moreno, a businessman who ran for Senate in 2022.

Dolan was also the most aggressive in setting himself up for 2024.

As a critic of former President Donald Trump. And one who embraced his defunct election conspiracy theories. Dolan struggled to connect with the right-wing base during last year’s race. Even as he expressed support for Trump’s policies and would not deny supporting him. 2024. But in a heavy self-financing battle, he finished a competitive third in the primary. — After pulling ahead in the polls in the final days. — Behind eventual winner JD Vance and former state Treasurer Josh Mandel. And after blaming Trump for the GOP’s disappointing . Showing outside of Ohio in the November midterms.

Dolan touted himself as a post-Trump candidate to take on Brown next year.

What we have saw should convince us that the country is ready for real candidates. Not personalities and election deniers,” Dolan wrote to county GOP chairs in Ohio less. Than a week after the election, in an email that indicated he was weighing another run.
 Brown’s seat — along with Democrats Jon Tester of Montana. And Joe Manchin of West Virginia and an open seat in Michigan. Where Democrat Debbie Stabenow is retiring. — Will be among the GOP’s top pickup opportunities next year. Republican leaders in Ohio are bracing for another brutal primary. That has elevated Vance, a political neophyte. Best known for his best-selling memoir “Hillbilly. Elegy.” Vance defeated Democrat Tim Ryan by a comfortable margin with. The help of national GOP groups that have spent millions of dollars on TV ads.
Other Republicans mentioned as possible candidates include Rep. Warren Davidson and Mark Kwame. A venture capitalist with close ties to former Gov. John Kasich.

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