Ohio Senate Race “Closer Than Anticipated” Thanks to Tim Ryan’s Skyrocketing MomenTIM

As summer comes to a close, Tim Ryan’s momentum isn’t slowing down. While JD Vance continues to hide from voters, Tim spent the week meeting with workers in Cleveland, Toledo, Toronto, Zanesville, and Columbus to hear from them and talk about how he will continue to fight like hell for them in the Senate.

Tim Agrees to Three Debates with JD Vance

Today, Tim agreed to three televised debates with JD Vance this fall: 

  • One hosted by WFMJ-TV, at Youngstown’s historic Stambaugh Auditorium, on September 26, 2022;
  • One hosted by WLWT News 5, at Parrish Auditorium on Miami University’s Hamilton Campus, on October 4, 2022;
  • And one hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission, at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on, October 12, 2022. 

As Tim campaigns aggressively across Ohio to meet with voters face-to-face, JD Vance continues to hide from voters and campaign everywhere BUT Ohio, while he faces growing concern from his own party about his non-existent campaign — which Mitch McConnell is now attempting to bail out to the tune of $33 million — as well as about his alarming views that women should stay in “violent” marriages, and disturbing new findings about his sham opioid non-profit that brought a Purdue Pharma apologist to the Ohio communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.

Back on the Road

Tim kicked off his Saturday by joining the African American Male Wellness Walk in Cleveland to support Black men’s health.

Later that afternoon, Tim joined labor unions in Toledo to rally with railroad workers in solidarity for their three-year fight for a fair contract.

  • OTTAWA COUNTY MAINTENANCE WORKER MATT WEAVER ON TIM: “Rail labor is very excited about his campaign and about the potential for having a real voice and flipping the Senate.”
  • TIM ON HAVING WORKERS’ BACKS IN THE SENATE: “The Senate doesn’t need another millionaire funded by a billionaire. The Senate needs somebody that comes from a place like Toledo, Ohio or Youngstown, Ohio.”

While in Toledo, he also stopped by Toledo Pride to meet with Ohioans and show support for Ohio’s the LGBTQ+ community.

On Monday, Tim made his way back to Cleveland to tour Cleveland Cliffs, one of the most productive steel plants in the world, and discuss the future of manufacturing.

The next day,Tim traveled down the Ohio River to Toronto, OH to tour a Timet plant and discuss his plans to help create good-paying jobs in domestic manufacturing while in the Senate.  

  • STEUBENVILLE HERALD-STAR’S LINDA HARRIS: “Democratic senatorial hopeful Tim Ryan, in Toronto Tuesday to tour Timet, said developing common-sense policies to help domestic steel manufacturers is in every American’s best interests.”
  • TIM RYAN STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF MANUFACTURING JOBS: “Over 800 employees at one point, we’ve got to get it back up to that number, but we also want to grow it,” Ryan said of Timet. “Because of what is going on in Russia, the market share is opening up and we want Ohio companies to be able to take advantage.”

Next, Tim traveled to the Pinnacle Treatment Center in Zanesville to meet with health care professionals and discuss their work addressing the opioid crisis and helping Ohioans struggling with substance use disorders to get back on their feet.

  • TIM ON THE OPIOID CRISIS: “This has been an issue for years. I come from up in the Youngstown area and we’ve been dealing with it every single day. I think every family in Ohio has lost somebody, a family or friend and we’ve got to continue to support this kind of treatment, which is having a lot of success in keeping people sober, getting them back into the workforce and being productive members and we’ve got to do a lot more of this.”

Tim then joined Columbus Teachers on the picket line, urging Columbus City Schools to agree to a fair contract.

Later that evening Tim held a town hall with the Asian American Commerce Group in Columbus to hear directly from members of Ohio’s AAPI community and talk about how he will stand tall for them in the Senate. 

Vance’s Sham Non-Profit

Tim’s campaign also released a new ad this week showing how JD Vance used his sham non-profit to promote a “Big Pharma funded mouthpiece” who called OxyContin a “godsend” and who had a reputation for “questioning the role of prescription painkillers in the national opioid crisis” for years before Vance recruited her to come to Ohio.

  • IN ZANESVILLE, TIM CALLS OUT J.D. VANCE SHAM OPIOID NON-PROFIT: “Clearly, he’ll say whatever he’s got to say,” Ryan argued. “But anybody who runs a sham nonprofit on opiates, to try to like, you know, fool Ohioans and launch a political career and bring in big pharma to do it, clearly will say whatever they got to say.” 

Heating Up

Proving yet again that Tim’s momentum is only continuing to grow, a dark-money group with close ties to Mitch McConnell is buying $28 million worth of airtime to boost Senate hopeful J.D. Vance in Ohio. As their spending increases, it’s clear the GOP fears Tim. 

  • CLEVELAND.COM’S ANDREW TOBIAS ON REPUBLICAN SPENDING: “A political action committee with close ties to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a massive new ad campaign in Ohio, a clear sign that national Republicans are shifting more toward playing defense in the Buckeye State.”
  • SPECTRUM NEWS’ TAYLOR POPIELARZ ON THE RACE: “The race to replace retiring Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R) is closer than originally anticipated…Given that former President Donald Trump won Ohio twice by eight points, Republicans had expected to win this open Senate seat fairly easily. But Ryan and Vance have taken very different approaches to campaigning this summer, resulting in the race heating up.”

As a result, earlier this week, Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved its Ohio Senate race rating toward Tim Ryan from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.”