U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci won a Republican poll in the governor’s race conducted after the We the People Convention near Columbus last month.
More than 300 tea party and liberty groups attended the event and heard from candidates Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Hused and Renacci. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor did not attend the event.
Among the attendees, Renacci won nearly 62 percent in the poll. Husted was at 23 percent and DeWine at 15 percent.
Renacci is trying to establish himself as the candidate in the race for governor most in line with President Donald Trump. Several key operatives from Trump’s Ohio campaign have signed on with the congressman. Kettering Vice Mayor Rob Scott, who was deputy campaign manager for Trump in Ohio last year, is serving as an advisor to Renacci. Andrew Tobias at Cleveland.com is reporting that several others have also joined the team.
Tom Zawistowski, the president of the convention said in a release “I would not have predicted that Congressman Renacci would win by such a large margin, since many if not most of the attendees were meeting him for the first time.”
The primary for governor is set for May 2018.