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Jim Renacci speaks after his Ohio Primary win in the Republican U.S. Senate race
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Ohio’s U.S. Senate race this fall is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country and to have Donald Trump’s name all over it. As soon as Republican Congressman Jim Renacci was declared the winner of the GOP nomination last night, the battle against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown began.

Democrats are going into the 2018 elections with the wind at their backs, which could even be enough to flip a Senate map heavily stacked for Republicans come November.

Gina Haspel's appearance before the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday promises to be a very unusual confirmation hearing.

Most every nominee for a top government job has a long public record that is open for scrutiny. Not so with Haspel, who would be the first woman to lead the CIA.

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Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons is bringing in a big-name conservative ahead of the the May 8 primary: Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Updated on April 19 at 3 p.m. ET

Maile Pearl Bowlsbey is just over a week old and already is helping force more change in the Senate than most seasoned lawmakers can even dream. On Thursday she joined her mother, Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, on the Senate floor for a vote.

The newborn's appearance was made possible by a unanimous decision by the Senate on Wednesday evening to change its rules, which typically allow only senators and a handful of staff into the Senate chamber during votes. Now, lawmakers can bring along children under 1.

All 22 women in the Senate are calling for their fellow lawmakers to do something about sexual harassment.

In a letter written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the 17 Democrats and five Republican senators ask that their chamber take up legislation to overhaul the sexual harassment complaint process on Capitol Hill.

There are ten weeks till the May primary and while the Ohio Republican Party has already voted to endorse Jim Renacci as their U.S. Senate nominee, there are other candidates – including Melissa Ackison, who says she’s a political outsider. 

When President Trump visited Ohio this week, he had a message for the GOP Senate candidate Rep. Jim Renacci.

"Jim, get in there and fight — we need you, we need you," Trump told the crowd.

A few weeks ago, White House staff personally intervened to persuade Renacci, who had been running for governor, to switch over to the Senate race to take on Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. That is because GOP front-runner Josh Mandel dropped out last month, saying his wife is dealing with health problems. The move set off a scramble since the filing deadline was this past Wednesday.

Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator has once again endorsed a candidate in this year’s race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. With his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, Portman sides with his colleague over an outsider.

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

History suggests that the party not represented in the White House does well in midterm Congressional elections – and this year, Ohio’s statewide races are likely to draw a lot of national attention.

Yale Law School

Despite another effort to draft "Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance to run for U.S. Senate, Vance announced Friday that people should "count me out of politics for now."

Former Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

After the departure of Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel from the U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he would launch his own bid for Congress.

Yale Law School

Republicans inside and outside Ohio are pushing their favorite candidates to jump into the U.S. Senate race to challenge incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Mike Gibbons

The remaining Republican running for U.S. Senate wants to show he’s serious about his bid to win the GOP’s nomination, and ready to take on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown this fall.

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel speaking.
Phil Long / Associated Press

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is dropping out of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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