Stivers confirmed to POLITICO that he would not be running for the Senate. He had seriously considered an offer and had raised nearly $ 1.4 million in the first quarter of this year in anticipation of a potential run. But the GOP primary race is already crowded and Stivers would have had a tough fight for the nomination.
Former state treasurer Josh Mandel and former state party chairwoman Jane Timken are introducing themselves, as are business owners Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons. Other Republicans who have expressed interest are JD Vance, bestselling author and venture capitalist, Rep. Mike Turner and State Senator Matt Dolan. Several candidates in the field or considering running have the capacity to be self-financing, which means that it will be an extremely expensive fight for the nomination.
News of Stivers’ decision was first reported by Punchbowl News.
His departure will create a special election in a deep red seat in central Ohio that backed former President Donald Trump by double-digit margins in 2016 and 2020. A host of potential GOP candidates are currently in the legislature of State. Names to Watch: State Senators Bob Peterson, Tim Schaffer and Stephanie Kunze, and State Representatives Jeff LaRe and Brian Stewart.
It’s unlikely to be a competitive race, although Stivers’ departure will allay some concerns among Democratic leaders about their slim majority, which has been further clarified by other vacancies. The House is currently divided between 218 Democrats and 212 Republicans. There are five vacancies, four of which were created by departures of Democratic members.
Ohio is already hosting another special election in Congress to take the seat of former Rep. Marcia Fudge, now President Joe Biden’s housing and urban development secretary. This race only takes place in November, with primaries in August.