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With Mandel Out Of Senate Race, Who Could Jump In?

Andy Chow
Statehouse News Bureau

Now that Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced he’s out of the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, there are lots of questions about who might want to take his place.

Just hours after Mandel’s announcement on Friday, Gov. John Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign chief strategist John Weaver squashed rumors that Kasich might run.  short tweet: “The answer is no. Bigger fish to fry.”

Lieutenant Gov. Mary Taylor had been interested in a Senate run before Mandel became the nominee in 2012, but her spokesman says she’s staying in the race for governor and will announce a running mate in the coming days.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci is said to be considering leaving the governor’s race to run.

But Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons, who’s been campaigning for the Senate nomination for months, said 16 current Renacci for Governor local chairs have announced their support for him.