The Ohio Senate race has taken national center stage, with the winner potentially impacting which party will be in the majority on Capitol Hill next year.
Driving the news: With just two weeks left until Election Day, politicians and celebrities are getting involved to try and help sway voters toward Rep. Tim Ryan (D) or J.D. Vance (R).
Details: Ryan is one of the highest raising U.S. Senate candidates in the country, according to USA Today, but has received much less from national party groups than his GOP competitor.
- Vance has received more than $30 million from national Republicans. His campaign has spent just $3.7 million of its own money on ads, per an NBC News report.
- On the other hand, Ryan’s campaign has spent $24 million of its own money on ads.
The intrigue: While Ryan might not be getting national party support, celebrities are showing up for his campaign.
- The Dave Matthews Band performed at KEMBA Live! Monday night to fundraise. A Ryan spokesperson tweeted that 5,000 people showed up.
- In September, singer Paul Simon performed at a Canfield fundraiser and canvassed with Ryan and other Ohio Democrats.
- And actor Mark Hamill hosted a virtual phonebank event to make calls on Ryan’s behalf.
- In September, Trump held a rally in Youngstown to campaign for Vance.
What they’re saying: “Tim Ryan claims he wants to be the face of his campaign, except when left-wing celebrities come knocking,” a Vance campaign spokesperson tells Axios. “Not exactly a working man’s image.”
- Ryan’s campaign did not respond to our requests for comment.
Meanwhile, other statewide elections are also seeing star backing.
- Members of the cast of “The West Wing” — Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen — participated in a virtual event with gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley in late September.
- Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted to raise money for the three Democratic Ohio Supreme Court candidates on the ballot.
What’s next: Fox News is hosting a town hall with Ryan and Vance on Nov. 1 at 6pm in Columbus.
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