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Ohio Republicans Hope to Fill Portman’s Senate Seat while Avoiding Trump Civil War

Senator Rob Portman (R., Ohio) arrives for a vote in the basement of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 26, 2021. (Al Drago/Reuters)

Congressman Jim Jordan: Out.

Former Governor John Kasich: Out.

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted: Out.

As Ohioans begin to contemplate who will replace Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate next year, some of the biggest names in Buckeye State Republican politics are bowing out early, creating openings for lesser-known candidates to organize and emerge on the national stage.

Without Jordan, one of Donald Trump’s most pugnacious defenders, or Kasich, a leading Trump critic, the race is looking less and less like a referendum on the former president. And while there may be talk of a brewing civil war among national Republican factions, it’s not particularly

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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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