Josh Mandel

photo of Jackson Memorial Middle School

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 22:

Amer Othman Adi in his downtown Youngstown business
Congressman Tim Ryan's office

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 30:

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Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Renacci has switched his political sights from Ohio governor to the U.S. Senate.

Treasurer Josh Mandel had planned a rematch of his 2012 run against Brown. But he announced last week that he was giving up the race because of his wife's health. That led to speculation that one or more in the crowded GOP field for governor would decide on a Senate run instead. Earlier this week, Congressman Jim Renacci told Cleveland radio station WTAM he was considering the switch.

Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio

Republicans inside and outside Ohio are pushing their favorite candidates to jump into the U.S. Senate race to challenge incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. The field opened when Josh Mandel dropped out

Republican Senator Rob Portman had endorsed the Ohio treasurer.

In a call with reporters, Portman says he’s been hearing from people wanting to jump in. 

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One of the Republicans who is running for U.S. Senate wants to show he’s serious about his bid to win the GOP’s nomination to take on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown this fall.

Cleveland-area businessman Mike Gibbons has heard the criticism that he’s not able to raise the money needed to take on Brown this fall. So he says he’ll put $5 million of his own money in his campaign coffers, now that front runner Josh Mandel is out of the race.