Sherrod Brown looking for fourth time period in Senate

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (R) plans to run for his Senate seat for a fourth time period in 2024 in what might be an uphill battle in a state more and more changing into extra reliably purple. 

Brown advised Spectrum Information that “there’s no query” a Democrat can win in Ohio. 

“I’m operating in 2024,” he mentioned. “And I run to win.” 

Within the midterms final week, Republican J.D. Vance defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan by a cushty 7-point margin for the state’s open Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R). The margin was nearer than that of former President Trump’s victories within the state in 2016 and 2020, however Ryan fell brief regardless of Brown campaigning alongside him. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) simply sailed to reelection by greater than 20 factors. 

Brown mentioned Ohio is a “laborious state” and Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “buried” Ryan with some huge cash towards the tip of the race. He famous that the gubernatorial race wasn’t shut. 

Brown received his final election in 2018 by about 7 factors, however he must run with a Republican presidential nominee on the prime of the ticket in 2024, which might make this upcoming race harder and pull extra voters to again his eventual GOP opponent in the event that they observe straight-ticket voting.

Republicans will view the seat as a prime pickup alternative within the Senate, however Brown has been decently in style as a senator and has efficiently been elected thrice earlier than.

“Individuals acknowledge that I stand up day-after-day and struggle for the dignity of labor. Whether or not you swipe a badge or punch a clock or work for suggestions or work for a wage,” he mentioned. 

Ohio was once thought of a bellwether of how the whole nation votes and the state voted for each profitable presidential candidate from 1964 till former President Trump received the state however misplaced the election in 2020. 

The state has extra reliably voted Republican prior to now decade, shedding its standing considerably as an indicator of the place the nation stands.