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Sen. Sherrod Brown Not Worried By Renacci's Trump-Backed Challenge

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
John Minchillo
Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown are preparing for a November showdown.

Renacci overwhelmingly won the Republican nomination in the Senate race while Brown ran unopposed to keep his seat. Brown says he looks forward to debating Renacci on the issues.

Renacci was the only Ohio candidate this election to win President Trump’s endorsement, and he says he’ll win November’s election because of his support for the president.

“Ohio is a Trump state, Ohio is going to move forward with the Trump agenda, and Ohio is going to get anybody that’s an obstacle, including Sen. Brown, out of the way,” Renacci said.

But Brown brushed off the news that Renacci was officially his general election opponent, saying he’s going to stay focused on his agenda in the Senate to create jobs and fight for workers.

“We’ve seen a Congress that’s in the pockets of special interests, in the pocket of drug companies, in the pockets of the Koch brothers and the gun lobby,” Brown said.

Brown is close to Trump’s position on trade tariffs. But Republicans say Brown’s stances against issues like tax cuts for large businesses will stand in the way of job growth.

In a statement after his primary win, Renacci previewed his campaign and also somewhat reflected Brown’s rhetoric, saying it was the Democratic Senator who’s in the pocket of what he calls “far-left special interest groups.”

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.