May 26, 2022

Ardent Trump supporter Mike Gibbons making strides in GOP Senate primary in Ohio

The Republican Party is well-positioned to retake Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. Still, many politicians shy away from aligning with former President Donald Trump even though he moved the party to this spot in the first place — and that’s proving to be a miscalculation.

Businessman and U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Gibbons is making headway in the polls ahead of the GOP primary in Ohio on May 3, the Washington Examiner reported. Though the field is crowded, Gibbons is now the second choice among voters after being third in line just two months ago.

There are several Republicans vying for the chance to run in place of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who is retiring. Though Josh Mandel is the early favorite, a recent Trafalgar Group poll had 16.4% of voters favoring Gibbons compared to two months ago when he only had 11.9% of the vote.

Gibbons is optimistic, touting his self-made status and “hard work” that “seem to be resonating with the voters.” He equated his candidacy with that of Trump, noting that “people have not given up on the idea that a businessman should be elected.”

While other politicians are distancing themselves from Trump, Gibbons confirmed his long-standing support of the former president. “I don’t focus on Trump as a person. I focus on Donald Trump’s policies,” Gibbons said. “Frankly, I will give a speech and never mention his name. I am the only one that does that,” he added, likely attempting to underscore the Democrats’ strategy of invoking Trump’s name as a pejorative.

“I support him, but I don’t know if he’s going to run again. And we have to be ready if he does,” Gibbons said. The Cleveland businessman, who personally loaned $11 million of his wealth to his own campaign, even supports Trump’s most controversial claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Gibbons has said the election was “suspicious” and should be “thoroughly investigated” to find out if it’s true. “We need to know the truth. I don’t know what the truth is,” Gibbons added. “We need to answer those questions before we’re going to keep our democracy.”

The GOP is poised for big wins during this midterm season. Moreover, it appears that Trump’s star-power and influence are enhancing those chances for the Republicans — and that could be just the boost a man like Gibbons needs to make it to the finish.

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