by Ben Whedon
Ohio Republican businessman Bernie Moreno has filed to run for Senate in 2024 and will challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.
“Today, Bernie filed paperwork with the FEC [Federal Election Commission] as he continues to explore a run for U.S. Senate,” a source told NBC News. “Over the past few weeks, Bernie has talked with voters, business leaders, conservative activists and donors throughout the state and has received overwhelming encouragement to run.”
That source indicated that Moreno would formally announce his bid next week. Moreno ran for Senate during the 2022 cycle, but ultimately dropped out following a meeting with former President Donald Trump, who threw his support behind J.D. Vance, the ultimate victor.
State Sen. Matt Dolan has already announced his candidacy. Dolan also unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in 2022.
Brown is currently one of the more vulnerable Senate Democrats in the 2024 cycle as Ohio has trended red in statewide and national elections since 2016.
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