Former Ohio Rep. Renacci Moves Closer To Primary Challenge Against DeWine, Saying GOP Governor Is ‘failing’

Former Ohio Rep. Renacci Moves Closer To Primary Challenge Against DeWine, Saying GOP Governor Is ‘failing’

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EXCLUSIVE: As he seriously considers launching a Republican gubernatorial primary challenge against former senator and current first-term Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, former Rep. Jim Renacci says that if you look at the state’s statistics, DeWine is “failing.”

Renacci, who spent eight years as a congressman representing a northeast Ohio district, highlights that “I’ve somewhat been campaigning to change Ohio for two years and the only thing that I really haven’t done is announce, so the announcement will come at the proper time.”

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Renacci told Fox News he’s seen four polls – including one that he commissioned – that all show him leading DeWine in a potential 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary showdown in Ohio that would shape up as a clash between the Republican establishment and the Trump base of the party.

Then-GOP Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio joined with then-President Trump, in May of 2018 in Cleveland, as Renacci campaigned for the Senate. (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein)

The 62-year old Renacci, an independently wealthy businessman who built his wealth in auto dealerships and nursing homes before entering politics, ran for the Senate in 2018 after encouragement from then-President Donald Trump, losing to incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown by less than seven points.

“I have very few regrets in life,” Renacci shared in an interview before adding that “my biggest mistake and my biggest regret was that I jumped into a Senate race because people wanted me to jump in, when I was fully prepared and running for governor.”

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Renacci explained that “to switch races like that was very difficult. … I had to change campaign teams and I had to change what I was doing. And I really did it based on the request of the president at that time.”

After his 2018 defeat, Renacci took on a new role as chairman of the Medina County Republican Party. And he’s become a vocal critic of DeWine, who early on in the coronavirus pandemic was one of the most aggressive governors in the nation to implement quarantine orders to tackle the COVID crisis. Renacci’s argued that the coronavirus restrictions implemented by DeWine, which won bipartisan praise, have put the brakes on the Buckeye State’s economic recovery.

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