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GOP's Josh Mandel joins race for open Senate seat in Ohio

Mandel, 43, planned to launch his campaign Wednesday.
Credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File
FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel speaks at the Ohio Republican Party election night celebration in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Josh Mandel, a Marine veteran and former state treasurer, will make a third run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, vying for a seat being vacated by the GOP’s Rob Portman with a pro-Trump message.

Mandel, 43, planned to launch his campaign Wednesday.

He faces likely competition from Jane Timken, who left her position as head of the Ohio Republican Party last week to explore a run.

At least two Democrats, veteran U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents the blue-collar Mahoning Valley, and former state health director Amy Acton have also signaled serious interest in the coveted open seat.