(JustPatriots.com)- The crowded field for the Ohio Republican Senate primary got a little less crowded last week when one of the candidates announced he was dropping out of the race after speaking with former President Donald Trump.
Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland luxury car dealer and businessman, said after having a “private meeting” with Trump on Thursday, he decided to halt his primary campaign.
According to Cleveland News, Moreno said both he and the former president agreed that having “too many Trump candidates” in the race “could cost the MAGA movement a conservative seat.”
Moreno said he didn’t decide to run for the Senate to fulfill a “personal ambition,” but to serve the country “that gave me every opportunity to succeed.” He said it was important that the Senate become a “stopgap” to make sure Joe Biden’s “socialist policies” don’t allow Washington to spiral out of control.
Moreno, whose primary campaign was getting help from former Trump campaign manager and White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, said he plans to return to the private sector. He added that he would support whichever Republican primary candidate Trump eventually endorses.
Republicans are vying to replace two-term Republican Senator Rob Portman who is retiring this year. The candidates remaining in the primary race are former state treasurer Josh Mandel, former chairwoman of the Ohio GOP Jane Timken, State Senator Matt Dolan, and author J.D. Vance.
Ohio’s primary will be held in May.
Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan is currently the frontrunner in the Democrat primary.
After Moreno announced he was leaving the race, former President Trump released one of his statements thanking him “for his time and effort” and saying he was impressed with Moreno.
Trump praised Moreno for his tough position on illegal immigration and also for what he has done for the state of Ohio. The former president said Moreno’s decision to drop out of the race will help to ensure a big MAGA win.