He finished first in the five-candidate field with 47 percent of the vote, ahead of Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons, his closest challenger, who took 34 percent.
The four-term congressman had the endorsement of the GOP delegation and President Donald, who carried Ohio by 8 points in 2016. With Trump’s encouragement, Renacci switched from the gubernatorial contest to the Senate race in January after state Treasurer Josh Mandel unexpectedly dropped out.
As the 16th wealthiest member of Congress, according to Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress Index, Renacci will have his own resources to bring to the race against Brown. He had loaned his campaign $4 million by the end of the first quarter of this year but raised just $260,000, according to Federal Election Commission documents. (He did not file a pre-primary report with the FEC.) He ended the first quarter with $4.2 million.
Brown ended the pre-primary reporting period with $12 million in the bank.