Portman, Mandel back Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci for US Senate

US Rep Jim Renacci

COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has landed two key endorsements in his bid for U.S. Senate.

The Wadsworth Republican was backed Monday by GOP U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio's state treasurer, Josh Mandel. The Republican Mandel dropped out of the race Jan. 5 citing his wife's health.

Renacci faces Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons and Marysville family business owner Melissa Ackison for the Republican nomination. Ackison's health insurance difficulties were featured by Republican President Donald Trump's White House in its fight against the Affordable Care Act.

On Twitter, Portman praised Renacci's "track record of success as a job creator and battle-tested conservative leader."

Mandel said in a statement he's convinced the fourth-term congressman is best situated to beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall and advance Trump's agenda.