Senator Sherrod Brown is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators heading for election in 2024, and Republicans already have their sights set on removing Ohio’s longtime Democrat.
Republican state Senator Matt Dolan — who was a candidate in the GOP US Senate primary last May — is seriously considering a repeat for the Senate nomination in 2024.
In a letter he sent to Ohio GOP county chairmen obtained by Fox News, Dolan writes “the time we have for introspection is limited. Before we know it, 2024 will be upon us and we have work to do. We have to…make sure Joe Biden and Sherrod Brown are sent packing.”
Dolan sent the email after receiving encouragement in recent days from party leaders and activists to consider a second straight Senate run, sources told Fox News Digital.
“I’m still deciding and want to focus on what it will take to win,” Dolan said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, adding that he doesn’t currently have a timeline.
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“Is it good for family? Do I have fire in my belly to run and serve? And can I make a difference? Once these three boxes are ticked, I will decide,” Dolan told Fox.
Dolan has expressed his frustrations with his party’s inability to regain a majority in the Senate in the midterm. He stressed the need for upcoming Republican candidates to focus on the future, rather than the past, and reminded voters of Brown’s “extremely liberal” agenda that has hampered Republican progress in the state.
Dolan served as Assistant County Chief Attorney and Assistant State Attorney General before taking office as a state senator.
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While much of Ohio’s crowded and flammable field of Republican Senate candidates have shown their loyalty to former President Donald Trump (who edged Ohio by 8 points in his 2016 presidential election win and re-election loss of 2020) and targeted each other, Dolan kept his distance from both the crossfire and Trump as he displayed his conservative credentials and agenda.
Dolan — whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians — has also shelled out millions of dollars to run ads for his Senate candidacy. He surged towards the end of the primary race, winning 23.3% of the vote, just behind Josh Mandel on 23.9%. Senator-elect JD Vance won the primary (thanks to a belated Trump endorsement) with 32.2% of the vote.
Brown, who is seeking his fourth term in 2024, is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio in the past decade. Brown said earlier this week that he intends to seek re-election and will likely be heavily targeted by Republicans. Ohio was once a prime battleground state that has gone red for the past six years.
Longtime Representative Tim Ryan, who ran for Senate this year as a populist outsider in Brown’s mold, and who has been credited with running a smart campaign, still lost to Vance by six points.
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Dolan is the first Republican to move into what should be a crowded field of contenders.