Trump-backed Moreno defeats ‘Old Guard’ rival in bitter Ohio Senate race

CLEVELAND — Republican Bernie Moreno, Donald Trump’s chosen candidate for Senate in Ohio, defeated state Sen. Matt Dolan on Tuesday night, sparing the former president an embarrassing defeat in a state he won handily in 2020.

The Associated Press called the race for Moreno at 8:35 p.m., and he’ll face incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown in the fall. The entrepreneur received 42% of the vote over Dolan, 37%, with a quarter of the vote counted. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose placed third.

Moreno had been trading the lead with Dolan, a Republican centrist who has distanced himself from Trump, in the campaign homestretch, raising concerns about his viability as a candidate.

He benefited from Trump’s endorsement but also weeks of stump speeches from Republicans in his orbit. The conservative Club for Growth spent millions on Moreno’s behalf as
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