Countdown To Election Day: Congressman Renacci’s Poor Primary Performance

October 17, 2018

Countdown to Election Day

As the clock winds down to Election Day, we’re taking a look back at the lowlights of Congressman Jim Renacci’s Senate bid – a campaign that’s been defined by embarrassing stories, despicable lows, and complaints from Republicans that he never “even picked up the towel.”

Today, we’re throwing it back to Primary Night 2018, when Congressman Renacci failed to win even a majority of the vote and turned in a performance that was universally slammed for its weakness.

Continue following along over the next 20 days as we count down to the end of Congressman Renacci’s pathetic political career.


Here’s what they said about Congressman Renacci’s primary performance, where he failed to win a majority of the vote while losing 39 counties statewide:

Cincinnati Enquirer: “Republicans didn’t embrace Renacci across Ohio.”

Washington Post: “Still, some Republicans found their tallies in the primary contests somewhat underwhelming. Renacci received just 47 percent of the vote last week…”

National Journal: “Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Jim Renacci in Ohio won their respective Senate nominations by narrower than expected margins given their considerable advantages.”

CNN: “Jim Renacci won his primary for Ohio Senate, but failed to crack 50% against relatively weak competition.”

Politico: “And while Jim Renacci did win the Ohio GOP Senate primary, his 47 percent showing was far from impressive, given the enthusiastic backing he received from Trump.”

New York Magazine: “Unexpectedly, the closest of the big statewide primaries was the GOP U.S. Senate context [sic], in which the Establishment- and Trump-backed favorite, Representative Jim Renacci, fell short of a majority in defeating banker Mike Gibbons. This isn’t a great sign for Republicans hoping Renacci can defeat incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown.”

Politico: “Rep. Jim Renacci, who still won the GOP nomination to face Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, failed to win a majority of the vote in the primary, despite endorsements from Trump and the state Republican Party.”

Slate: “None of the GOP nominees is perfect…Renacci is a soft-spoken former lobbyist who Republicans turned to after they couldn’t recruit someone better.”


To make his weak performance even worse, Congressman Renacci’s primary opponent Mike Gibbons still hasn’t endorsed Renacci, even with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.

Despite the lack of support for Renacci, Gibbons hasn’t completely stepped out of the political arena – he maxed out last quarter to the man trying to replace Renacci in the House.

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