Sen. Sherrod Brown is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for election in 2024, and Republicans already have their sights set on unseating the longtime Ohio Democrat.
Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan — a candidate in the GOP U.S. Senate primary last May — is seriously considering a re-run for the Senate nomination in 2024.
In a letter he sent to Ohio GOP county chairs obtained by Fox News, Dolan writes that “we have limited time for introspection. Before we know it, 2024 will be upon us. And we have work to do. Joe Biden and Sherrod Brown have been sent packing.”
Sources told Fox News Digital that Dolan sent the email after being encouraged in recent days by party leaders and activists to consider running for a second straight term in the Senate.
“I’m still deciding, and I want to focus on what I have to do to win,” Dolan said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, adding that he doesn’t have any time at the moment. Not on line.
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“Is it right for the family? Do I have the fire in my belly to run and serve? And, can I make a difference? Once those three boxes are checked, I’ll make a decision.” Dolan told Fox.
Dolan expressed his disappointment at his party’s failure to win a Senate majority in the midterms. He stressed the need for incoming Republican candidates to focus on the future rather than the past and reminded voters of Brown’s “extremely liberal” agenda that has stunted Republican growth in the state.
Dolan served as the county’s chief assistant prosecutor and assistant state attorney general before winning office as a state senator.
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While Ohio’s crowded and heated field of Republican Senate candidates has shown loyalty to former President Donald Trump (who won Ohio by 8 points in his 2016 presidential victory and 2020 re-election loss). Demonstrating and targeting each other, Dolan kept his distance from both Crossfire and Trump while touting his conservative credentials and agenda.
Dolan — whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians — also spent millions of dollars running ads for his Senate bid. He received 23.3% of the vote, rising near the end of the primary race, just behind Josh Mandel at 23.9%. Senator-elect J. D. Vance Won the primary (thanks to a late endorsement by Trump) with 32.2% of the vote.
Brown, who is seeking his fourth term in 2024, is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio in the past decade. Brown said earlier this week that he plans to run for re-election, and is likely to be heavily targeted by Republicans. Ohio, once a premier battleground state, has turned red in the past six years.
Longtime Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran for Senate this year as a populist outsider in Brown’s mold, and who was credited with running a strong campaign, still lost to Vance by six points.
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Dolan is the first Republican to enter the crowded field of contenders.