JD Vance has shown that the “Trump coup” is still important to the Republican base.
The peasant elegy The author is now the GOP’s newest candidate for US Senate, as he faces Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan for the seat held by retiring Sen. Rob Portman this fall. . And Vance owes it all to Donald Trump, the man whose endorsement saved his campaign (even if it meant getting Vance’s name wrong, calling him “JD Mandel,” at a rally in Nebraska).
The race is a gold mine for political analysts and commentators. Just two months ago, Mr. Vance languished closer to the rear of the primary field, in fourth place as his campaign struggled to gain traction in the Buckeye state. A few weeks later, he was standing next to the former president at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, shaking hands with the former star of The newbie and basking in Trump’s glow as his poll numbers skyrocketed and he edged out other candidates to soon include his main rival, Josh Mandel, who had campaigned strongly for the MAGA loyalist vote.