Republican Governor Refuses To Endorse Trump

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( – On Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) refused to endorse former President Donald Trump in the 2024 general election and instead argued that his focus was on the local elections. 

During the Ohio Republican Senate primary, there was the conflict between Trump and DeWine as they had endorsed different candidates in the race. DeWine argued that he would be voting Republican at the ballot box but that his main focus in 2024 was not going to be on the White House but rather it would be on local elections. He added that as a Republican he had always said that he would be supporting the GOP nominee, but that his main focus would be on the Senate election. 

Regarding the election, he had argued that it was clear that the race was going to be close which is why that is where their focus would go. At the same time, the polling had clearly shown that Trump had moved ahead in the general election, which is why he believed that in Ohio the clear interest was going to be in the Senate race. 

While DeWine has endorsed Sen. Matt Dolan in the race, Trump has instead endorsed Bernie Moreno. The two are now going to be facing off on Tuesday during the primary election in the state. 

DeWine has argued that he considered Dolan to be a stronger candidate against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). He added that previously they had worked together in the state legislature and that he was something who knew how the legislative body functioned, which is very important when considering that whoever got elected would serve for six years or more. 

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