Straight Outta Youngstown: Tim Ryan launches US Senate bid

On Monday, Representative Tim Ryan, (D-OH) announced he will run for the US Senate ”giving Democrats their first candidate in the race to succeed Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who is not running for re-election. The ten-term congressman from Youngstown, Ohio, filed with the FEC and announced his campaign in a video posted on Twitter:

“The success of America isn’t housed in the halls of Congress. It lies in the calloused hands and the unrelenting grit of America’s workers. Those who dug the deepest sent our nation soaring.”

He also sort of, kind of announced his campaign on the Midas Touch Podcast:

Earlier this year, Rep. Ryan delivered this fiery speech slamming Republicans who do nothing to help the working people in this country:

Ryan comes from the increasingly conservative 13th District, which includes part of Akron but is anchored by the old steel towns of the Youngstown area and surrounding Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Both counties were reliably Democratic until Trump won Trumbull in 2016 and added Mahoning in 2020. Ryan’s 7.5-point victory over a Trump ally last year was the closest race he’s had since first winning the seat in 2002.

Democrats and Republicans in Ohio speculate that upcoming redistricting will make the boundaries even more favorable to the GOP.

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