“[L]There’s been a lot of talk about the gubernatorial race, but there’s a standout running for it, Mike DeWine, who’s quietly but professionally doing his job remarkably well.” Trump, who plans to hold a rally on Sept. 17, said in a statement issued Wednesday by his Save America leadership PAC.
The endorsement marks a notable shift for Trump, who has hinted in the past that he isn’t a fan of governors, and has backed a candidate who has rejected a series of elections in high-profile midterm elections across the country.
“Who’s running for governor of Ohio? It will be hotly contested!” Trump tweeted at the time in response to the segment.
DeWine’s popularity in Ohio’s business community, his long record of social conservatism, his strong fundraising and polling numbers, and his energy channeled into the hotly contested Republican Senate primaries have made him a conservative Critics have blunted concerted efforts on the right to punish governors by explaining that: Going beyond pandemic policy.
Seeking a second term in a state that has been increasingly in the red in the recent cycle, the governor has been a staple of his party’s politics in Ohio for nearly 40 years. DeWine’s long political career also included representing Ohio in the House and Senate and serving as the state’s attorney general and lieutenant governor.
DeWine is running against Democrat Nan Whaley and is expected to win reelection.