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Bernie Moreno is top GOP fundraiser in Ohio's US Senate race

The Cleveland businessman is one of five major Republican candidates in the race to succeed the retiring Rob Portman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The latest twist in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio is that Cleveland car dealer and first-time candidate Bernie Moreno outraised the rest of the crowded Republican field for the quarter.

The $2.2 million Moreno reported raising as of June 30 was topped only by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan's $3.1 million, which included a transfer of over $1 million from his congressional account.

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Campaign finance reports show former Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken raised $1.1 million, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel raised just under $976,000 and Cleveland businessperson Mike Gibbons raised $533,000. However, Mandel has about $5 million on hand and Gibbins $5.86, although much of the latter figure came from Gibbons' own finances.

Moreno, running on an anti-socialist agenda, is one of five major Republican candidates in the 2022 race to succeed incumbent Sen. Rob Portman. Portman announced earlier this year he will not seek a third term in office, citing worsening polarization in Washington.

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