Five Senate races to watch: Tim Ryan vs JD Vance in Ohio

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Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio is in a tight race for the Senate seat vacated by a retiring GOP incumbent against JD Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy” and a former “Never Trump” Republican who has since embraced the former president and received his endorsement.

A lifelong Ohioan raised just outside of Youngstown, Ryan, 49, has represented his state in Congress since 2002 and was briefly a 2020 presidential candidate.

After attending a wellness retreat in 2008, Ryan became an advocate of “mindfulness” – a settling of the mind and total immersion in the present moment – even publishing a 2012 book on the subject.

Republicans had been expecting that the Ohio Senate race would be an easy win. But Ryan has shown he has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Campaigning in a state that voted for Trump over Biden by around 8 points in 2020, Ryan has made clear he agrees with Trump on trade and disagrees with Democrats on issues ranging from student loans to border security.

In a state hit hard by the opioid crisis, Ryan has been outspoken that more needs to be done to stop fentanyl from coming across the US-Mexico border and eventually making its way to Ohio.

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