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Trump rallies for Moreno in Ohio Senate GOP primary

Trump rallies for Moreno in Ohio Senate GOP primary
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In the final days of a fiercely contested Ohio Senate GOP primary, former President Donald Trump threw his full support behind Bernie Moreno, rallying supporters at the Dayton International Airport on Saturday.

The primary, set for Tuesday, has seen a tight three-way race between Moreno, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and state Sen. Matt Dolan.

Trump's endorsement of Moreno, a businessman and political newcomer, has been seen as a crucial test of his influence in Ohio, a key battleground state.

"Bernie is a fantastic guy, a hero, and we need him to support our second-term priorities," Trump told the enthusiastic crowd, emphasizing the importance of a crackdown on immigration and other policy goals.

The rally brought together prominent figures from the MAGA movement, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), highlighting the high stakes of the primary.

The former president did not hold back in his criticism of Dolan, labeling him a "weak RINO" and mocking the recent name change of the Cleveland Guardians, formerly known as the Cleveland Indians, a decision made by Dolan's family.

As the primary approaches, the race remains a toss-up, with recent polls showing no clear frontrunner.

Moreno's campaign has been marred by what some describe as "nasty attacks" and "a barroom brawl" of political ads. Despite this, Trump's visit aimed to solidify Moreno's standing and rally the base ahead of the crucial vote.

The outcome of the primary will not only determine the Republican nominee but also serve as a barometer for Trump's continued sway over the GOP as the party looks to regain control of the Senate in the upcoming elections.

With Ohio being one of the top states Republicans aim to flip, the pressure is on for Moreno to emerge victorious and face off against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown in the general election.