Republican Bernie Moreno dropped out of the crowded Ohio Senate primary on Thursday, citing a conversation he had with former President Donald Trump.
Moreno said that during a private meeting with Trump Thursday afternoon, the two agreed that the race was filled with too many “Trump candidates,” which could jeopardize the MAGA movement’s chances of holding the Senate seat. “I’m a businessman, not a politician. Leaders recognize patterns before they emerge.” said Moreno.
“This decision may come as a surprise to some, but in my opinion it offers us the best chance of success. The stakes are too high. Whoever wins the Senate race, I hope and pray, will take the necessary action to stop illegal immigration, bring our manufacturing base back to America, and shrink the size and scope of the federal government. It’s not too much for Americans to expect their government work for them,” the statement said.
Moreno, a luxury car dealer turned blockchain businessman, was a leading GOP contender, pitching in a contest for cash to replace retired Republican Senator Rob Portman in what is likely to be one of the most watched midterm elections of 2022. Moreno admitted $3.75 million of his own money for his campaign and launched a $4 million television ad in December.