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Ohio Senate race: Gibbons launches new ad blitz to give voters behind-the-scenes insight


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FIRST ON FOX: Mike Gibbons wants to give Ohio voters a behind-the-scenes look at his Republican campaign for the Senate.

Gibbons, a Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker making his second Senate bid in the race to succeed retired GOP Sen. Rob Portman, is launching a new digital ad blitz that takes viewers for a ride as touring the state on his campaign bus.

The digital spots, which the Gibbons campaign first shared with Fox News on Wednesday, highlight the candidate’s statewide bus tour, which began in January.

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“We’re going to be traveling around the state and today kicks off the next four months of our 88-county tour of Ohio. We’re not going to overlook anything. We’re going to meet everyone we can,” Gibbons said at the top. of the initial announcement.

The spots, which Gibbons’ team says spend six figures to air statewide, aim to give viewers who haven’t seen the candidate in person or in an interview or debate an idea of ​​who Gibbons is in as a person and where he stands on the issues.

“I’m a businessman. I’m not a politician. I’m an unapologetic constitutional conservative. I don’t deal with slogans. I deal with facts and reason,” Gibbons says in the first ad. . “We have too many politicians who just can’t bear to tell the truth because it might cause them to lose a few votes or change the way people see them. I’m going to tell you the truth whether you want to hear it or no. .”

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Gibbons, who has already invested more than $12 million of his own money in his Senate bid, is a leading contender in a field that also includes the former Ohio treasurer and former two-time Senate candidate. covers Josh Mandel; bestselling author and venture capitalist JD Vance; former Ohio GOP chairwoman Jane Timken, whose husband is the former chairman, CEO and president of her family’s steel manufacturing company; and Ohio State Senator Matt Dolan, a former state and country attorney whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians.

Mike Gibbons, Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, speaks to supporters as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looks on during a campaign rally in Maineville, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

A Fox News poll conducted March 2-6 showed Gibbons at 22% among similar Republican primary voters, with Mandel at 20%, Vance at 11%, Timken at 9%, Dolan at 7% and nearly a quarter undecided respondents.

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Gibbons has captured national attention since Friday, when he and Mandel nearly fought in a heated head-to-head in the first debate between the GOP’s top five candidates. Video of an almost physical confrontation during a showdown outside of Columbus quickly went viral.

Gibbons’ new ad buy is the latest sign that in a primary race where nearly all of the top contenders have a lot of personal wealth or are backed by well-funded outside groups, ad spending is skyrocketing.

Ad spending by campaigns and super PACs in the Republican primary now stands at $38.5 million, with Gibbons the biggest spender, at $11.71 million, according to figures from national ad-tracking firm AdImpact. of dollars.

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The Ohio Senate race is the second most expensive in the nation by ad spend, behind neighboring Pennsylvania.

The Ohio primary is currently scheduled for May 3, but a redistricting dispute could force state lawmakers to push back the date of the contest.


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