Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel

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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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The Republican front runner for the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Sherrod Brown is dropping out of the race.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel is dropping out of the U.S. Senate race saying, in a written statement, he’s needed at home because his wife is ill. Mandel was hoping for a second battle with Brown, who beat Mandel by 6 points in 2012.