By: Julia Zhu

This November 8th, the midterm elections will take place. All 435 congressional seats and 34 senate seats will be up for reelection. Here are some details on the Ohio senate race candidates. 

The Democratic candidate is Tim Ryan. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. He campaigned on reinvigorating the state’s manufacturing system and enacting a federal $15 minimum wage. He has cosponsored a bill to protect abortion nationwide, believing that Roe v. Wade should be codified. He also believes in universal background checks. According to polls Ohioans have a favorable impression of him as 40% said he was favorable; however, about 30% of Ohioans said they did not know him or know how to rate him. 25% of Ohioans dislike Ryan.

The Republican candidate is James David Vance. In 2016, he was publicly critical of Donald Trump. However, he has since backtracked that opinion. He said, “I ask folks not to judge me based on what I said in 2016…I regret being wrong about the guy [Donald Trump]. I think he was a good president, I think he made a lot of good decisions for people, and I think he took a lot of flak.” Trump endorsed him in April. He also believes that Critical Race Theory is a “very big issue” in the schools of Ohio. Additionally, he is against restricting guns and is for restricting abortions, even in the case of rape and incest. The polls for J.D. Vance shows polarization in opinions. 30% of Ohioans said that they have a favorable impression while 36% said they disliked him. 34% have not heard of him or do not know how to rate him.

It will be an extremely tight race as polls show that J.D Vance is about one percentage point higher than Tim Ryan. GO VOTE!