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Pro-Trump former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken joins US Senate race in Ohio

Jane Timken speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Norwood, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2020.
Posted at 2:07 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 14:07:44-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An ally of former President Donald Trump who recently stepped down as chair of the Ohio Republican Party is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat that the GOP's Rob Portman is vacating.

Jane Timken announced her decision Thursday.

It sets up a 2022 primary that already includes former state treasurer and Marine veteran Josh Mandel, another Trump backer who is making his third run for the Senate.

Timken described herself as a "conservative disruptor" in her announcement, noting that Republicans did well in Ohio during the four years after she took over as state chair with Trump's backing.