(JustPatriots.com)- Former Republican Congressman Jim Renacci is launching a primary challenge to Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine.
Renacci, who is pouring his own money in a race to unseat the 1-term DeWine, wants Ohio voters to have a Republican candidate who is more in line with the direction the Republican Party is taking post-Trump.
According to Politico, Renacci’s primary challenge will be an early test case in the “intra-party rebellion” against sitting Republican governors in 2022. While DeWine has a long career in Ohio politics, he has fallen out of favor with Trump-aligned voters largely due to his COVID response measures.
Politico reports that Renacci is molding his campaign “in Trump’s image” and is doing what other Republican challengers trying to get Trump’s attention are doing. Though, as yet, Renacci has not been endorsed by the former president.
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is advising Renacci and according to him, Renacci is well-positioned to defeat DeWine. Parscale showed Politico a survey conducted by Trump’s longtime pollster which shows in a head-to-head match-up, Renacci is at 46 percent to DeWine’s 38 percent.
However, Politico reported, the Republican primary is currently a 3-way race and the poll did not reflect that. Farmer Joe Blystone is also running to defeat DeWine.
But Parscale told Politico that Renacci is the only “Trump candidate” in the race and Mike DeWine is the “anti-Trump candidate.”
According to Politico, it is unclear if former President Trump will be “enticed to weigh in on the race.” However, in November 2020, Trump took issue with Mike DeWine acknowledging Biden’s victory and hinted he should face a primary challenge.
Politico points out that DeWine, the co-chair of Trump’s 2020 reelection in Ohio, isn’t facing the same kind of non-stop attacks other Republican governors like Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Arizona’s Doug Ducey have endured from Trump.
Politico also notes that Renacci is going into the primary with a singular black mark. He is the only Ohio Republican to lose his statewide race in 2018 when he unsuccessfully ran against Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown.