Republicans aim to unseat longtime Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators standing in 2024, and Republicans already have their eyes set on toppling the longtime Ohio Democrat.

Republican Senator Matt Dolan — who was a candidate in the GOP US Senate primary last May — is seriously considering a rerun for the Senate nomination in 2024.

In a letter he sent to Ohio GOP district chairmen and obtained by Fox News, Dolan writes, “The time we have for introspection is limited. Before we know it, 2024 will be upon us and we have work to do. We need to… make sure Joe Biden and Sherrod Brown are sent home.”

Dolan sent the email after being encouraged by party leaders and activists in recent days to consider a second straight Senate nomination, sources told Fox News Digital.

“I’m still making decisions and want to focus on what it takes to win,” Dolan said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, adding that he’s not on a schedule right now.

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State Senator Matt Dolan, R-Ohio, ran for the Ohio open senate seat against JD Vance in the 2022 midterm election in the GOP primary.

State Senator Matt Dolan, R-Ohio, ran for the Ohio open senate seat against JD Vance in the 2022 midterm election in the GOP primary.
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“Is it right for the family? Do I have the fire in my stomach to run and serve? And can I make a difference? Once those three boxes are ticked, I’ll decide,” Dolan told Fox.

Dolan expressed frustration at his party’s failure to regain a Senate majority at the midterms. He stressed the need for upcoming Republican candidates to focus on the future rather than the past, reminding voters of Brown’s “extremely liberal” agenda, which has hampered Republican progress in the state.

Dolan served as an assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general before winning the position as state senator.

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While much of Ohio’s crowded and combustible field of Republican Senate candidates demonstrated their loyalty to former President Donald Trump (who won Ohio by 8 points in his 2016 presidential election victory and 2020 re-election loss loss) and took aim, Dolan took aim aufeinander stayed clear of both the crossfire and Trump while presenting his conservative credentials and agenda.

Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, questions Saule Omarova, the Comptroller of the Currency nominee, as she appears before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 18 November 2021.

Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, questions Saule Omarova, the Comptroller of the Currency nominee, as she appears before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 18 November 2021.
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Dolan – whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians – also spent millions of dollars running ads for his Senate bid. He rose towards the end of the primary race and won 23.3% of the vote, just behind Josh Mandel with 23.9%. Senator-elect JD Vance won the primary (thanks to a late confirmation from Trump) with 32.2% of the vote.

Brown, who is seeking his fourth term in 2024, is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio in the past decade. Brown said earlier this week he is seeking re-election and is likely to be heavily targeted by Republicans. Ohio was once a premier battleground state that has turned red over the past six years.

Brown is recognized as one of the most vulnerable Senators in 2024 along with Tester, Sinema and Manchin. From left to right: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio , Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va.

Brown is recognized as one of the most vulnerable Senators in 2024 along with Tester, Sinema and Manchin. From left to right: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio , Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va.
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Longtime Congressman Tim Ryan, who ran for Senate this year as a populist underdog in the form of Brown and who has been credited with campaigning wisely, still ended up losing by six points to Vance.

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Dolan is the first Republican to move in what is expected to be a crowded field of competitors.

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