DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd discussed Ohio’s primary election results with 2 NEWS.
The race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rob Portman has drawn national attention.
JD Vance won the Republican primary for Ohio’s open Senate seat Tuesday night, after receiving an endorsement from former President Trump. Vance will face Democratic nominee and current Representative Tim Ryan in the general election.
Todd said the backing of the former president was big for Vance, but it remains to be seen if that will carry through to the general election.
“You look at it through another lens and you sit there and say wow, 68 percent of the Republican electorate voted for somebody that wasn’t endorsed by Trump. But, a lot of the candidates were running as Trump candidates, so you can’t say that Trumpism isn’t the dominating force inside the Republican party and I do think when you look at all those candidates, JD Vance was the most authentic Trump surrogate.”
Additionally, Todd said Republican candidates Josh Mandel, Jane Timken and Mike Gibbons had difficulty coming across as genuine Trump supporters to voters.
Tuesday’s election was also a historic night as former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley became the first woman to earn a gubernatorial nomination. Republicans have expressed displeasure with Gov. DeWine due to his handling of the pandemic, but Todd said it is not clear if that division is enough for Whaley to pull through with a win in the governor’s race
“I was intrigued that in her victory speech last night she was trying to make common cause with those that voted against Mike DeWine. But as you point out I don’t know if they see eye-to-eye. I think they both have issues with Mike DeWine, but I think they are very different issues.”
Todd said Whaley could potentially find an advantage with voters regarding the topic of abortion, after a leaked ruling revealed the United States Supreme Court is set to turn the issue of abortion back to the states.
“I think that’s a potential opening for her if she can somehow paint DeWine as being for having no access at all and she is able to be the candidate that wants to have some access. It all depends on what the debate is.”
The full interview with Todd is available to watch at the top of this story. You can watch Todd host Meet the Press every Sunday at 9 p.m. on WDTN.