Dolan ‘not trying backwards’ in Ohio GOP Senate main dominated by Trump, amid bump in polls down stretch

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Republican Ohio Senate candidate Matt Dolan did not appeal to as a lot media consideration as different candidates for many of the GOP main – however he thinks he’ll pull off a win because of his concentrate on Ohio voters over nationwide politicians. 

“I do,” Dolan, a state senator, stated when requested if he is feeling momentum on the bottom that is mirrored in some latest polls. “And I have felt it for some time because Ohio Republicans want somebody who’s talking about their financial security, their neighborhood security, their border security, international security.”

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Dolan separated himself from the 4 different high candidates competing within the GOP main by not aggressively courting former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Matt Dolan speaks with a voter at the Delaware County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Columbus, Ohio, on April 29, 2022. (Tyler Olson/Daily Post)

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Matt Dolan speaks with a voter on the Delaware County Republican Occasion Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Columbus, Ohio, on April 29, 2022. (Tyler Olson/Every day Put up)

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In an interview on the Delaware County Republican Occasion Lincoln Reagan Dinner, the state senator made clear that he helps Trump’s insurance policies. “President Trump was a Republican president who did some Republican ideas and executed on them. And our country was stronger. Our economy was better,” Dolan instructed Every day Put up Friday. However he argues Ohio’s Senate election should not be so centered on one man. 

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Trump lately endorsed former funding banker and “Hillbilly Elegy” writer J.D. Vance within the GOP main. That helped Vance surge within the polls – he commanded a 23% first place share in a Every day Put up Ballot launched final week. However that endorsement was seen as a significant blow to fellow candidates Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel and Jane Timken, all of whom pressed onerous to reveal their loyalty to the previous president. 

That does not appear to hassle Dolan, who was the one candidate apart from Vance to realize floor within the Every day Put up Ballot for the reason that final iteration, earlier than the Trump endorsement. He was down double-digits nonetheless, with simply 11%.  Different polls present Dolan working even greater. 

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Matt Dolan speaks with Daily Post Digital on Friday, April 29, 2022. Dolan, a state senator, is the only major candidate in the race who did not aggressively court former President Donald Trump's endorsement. (Tyler Olson/Daily Post)

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Matt Dolan speaks with Every day Put up Digital on Friday, April 29, 2022. Dolan, a state senator, is the one main candidate within the race who didn’t aggressively courtroom former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. (Tyler Olson/Every day Put up)

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“Voters want to look forward,” Dolan stated. “I’m not looking backwards. I’m focusing on stopping the Biden agenda and preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities where we set a Republican agenda.” 

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“I don’t know what they can offer to Ohioans now.” Dolan added of the candidates who fought so onerous for Trump’s backing however did not get it. “I don’t know what they can offer to Republicans that… want someone to be positive for what Republicans stand for and execute on that. I have. I’m offering that.”

Dolan’s additionally providing loads of the usual GOP criticism of President Biden. 

“GDP goes down, but the inflation rate goes up. It costs more to put food on your table for your family, costs more to fill up your gas tank,” Dolan stated of Biden’s financial system. 

Former President Donald Trump speaks before signing the National Security Presidential Memorandum to Launch the

Former President Donald Trump speaks earlier than signing the Nationwide Safety Presidential Memorandum to Launch the “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity” Initiative. Trump’s endorsement hung over the Ohio GOP Senate main for months earlier than he backed J.D. Vance earlier this month. 
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“He told American workers, Ohio workers, ‘we don’t need you to create our energy,'” Dolan added. “That is crazy. We’ve got to move on from that.” 

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Missing flashy endorsements from nationwide Republicans like a few of the different candidates within the GOP main – whereas additionally largely avoiding mudslinging and assaults – Dolan’s hasn’t been a mainstay of nationwide information protection.

However he was lately endorsed by the editorial boards of the Cleveland Plain Vendor and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. And he is used a $2 million TV advert purchase down the stretch of the marketing campaign to inform voters to “forget all their nonsense,” referring to the opposite candidates. 

Dolan says he thinks his message could also be sufficient to win Tuesday’s main and to beat probably Democratic nominee Rep. Tim Ryan, R-Ohio, within the common election. 

“I believe my message resonates with all of Ohio. Somebody who’s going to go and execute and fight for Ohio,” Dolan stated. 

“Frankly, I’ve been on the ballot. I’ve outperformed President Trump,” Dolan added. “I can appeal to the suburban voters. But the thing is with me, my message isn’t going to have to change. My message has always been about Ohio.”

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