Trump-backed candidate prevails in Ohio Senate primary

By Timothy Cama | 03/20/2024 06:35 AM EDT

Republican Bernie Moreno accused incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown of supporting the Green New Deal.

Donald Trump greets Bernie Moreno.

Former President Donald Trump greets Republican Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno at a rally Saturday. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former car dealership owner Bernie Moreno won the Ohio Republican primary for Senate, setting up one of the most competitive races of the year.

Moreno, who has support from former President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. J.D. Vance, beat Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Sen. Matt Dolan for the party’s nomination.

Democrats had hoped for Moreno to win, and a super political action committee affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) ran ads backing him, seeing him as the weakest candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.


Brown is one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators in this year’s races. The outcome will likely go a long way in determining whether Democrats retain control of the Senate.