Sen. Josh Hawley Endorses JD Vance For Senate In Ohio

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Venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance scored a prominent endorsement on Tuesday as his Ohio Senate run picks up steam.

“I’m proud to endorse JD Vance for U.S. Senate from Ohio. JD knows well the devastating realities that our country faces,” Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley told Fox News, citing Vance’s willingness to “fight for tighter restrictions at the southern border, bring back a robust manufacturing industry and put the needs of our own American citizens first.” Vance has also been endorsed by Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks and former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

“I’m honored to receive Josh’s endorsement,” Vance responded in a statement. “No one else in the U.S. Senate has fought as tirelessly against the Big Tech monopolists who censor conservatives and control the flow of information in our country.”

A recent poll conducted by Remington Research Group found Vance with 16% support, behind former state treasurer Josh Mandel’s 34%, and ahead of former state Republican Party chair Jane Timken’s 11%. That poll showed a ten point improvement for Vance over an internal one, also conducted by Remington, released by the Timken campaign in June. In that poll, Timken held 16% support and Vance had 6%.

Vance announced that he would run to replace retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman in July, following months of speculation about his candidacy. He began 2021 with low name identification among Ohio voters, with 71% not holding an opinion of him in a March poll. (RELATED: JD Vance Regrets Criticizing, Not Voting For Trump In 2016)

A business partner of early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Vance has frequently taken aim at tech companies during campaign speeches and on social media. His campaign platform calls for breaking up big tech companies, and he has accused Google of “actively conspiring with and working with the Chinese government.”

Vance has also floated overhauling the U.S.’s vote allocation system, in a proposal that would allow parents to allocate the votes of their children.

“The rejection of the American family is perhaps the most pernicious and most evil thing that the left has done in this country,” Vance said of the proposal. “What you find consistently is that many of the most unhappy, and most miserable, and most angry people in our media are childless adults.”