J.D. Vances Republican primary election victory in Ohio, along with those of a number of other candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is a major sign that voters in the state will no longer favor "polite" and moderate conservatives but the firebrand "Trumpism" offered by the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, commentators said.
Vance, the bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy, was declared the winner of the hotly contested Senate race on Tuesday night around two hours after the polls opened. Vance will now face Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan in Novembers midterms over the Senate seat left vacant by retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman.
His primary victory, in particular, can be seen as a sign of Trumps influence, given the candidate was behind in the polls before the former president intervened, as well as a potential precursor to if the House and Senate will be filled with MAGA lawmakers if the GOP regains control of both chambers come Novembers midterms.
With 95 percent of the ballots accounted for, Vance received 32.2 percent of the votes, with former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel second with 23.9 percent and state Senator Matt Dolan—who unlike the other main candidates did not seek Trumps endorsement—coming in third on 23.3 percent.
Other Trump-endorsed candidates also won their respective primaries in Ohio on Tuesday, including North Canton attorney Madison Gesiotto Gilberts victory in the Republican primary for Ohios reconfigured 13th congressional district, and Max Miller, a White House aide under Trump, who won the Republican primary in Ohios newly drawn 7th Congressional District.