Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is dropping out of the state's U.S. Senate race because of a family health issue, leaving Republicans without a top-tier contender against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in a state President Donald Trump won easily in 2016.
"We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence. In other words, I need to be there," Mandel wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "Understanding and dealing with this health issue is more important to me than any political campaign."
"I’m writing today to let you know that I am ending my campaign for U.S. Senate in order to be there for my wife and our three children," he continued. "This was a difficult decision for us, but it’s the right one."
The only Republican competition for Brown, who is running for a third term in the Senate, is Mike Gibbons, a self-funding businessman who has never previously run for office. Mandel had previously run against Brown in 2012, losing by six percentage points.