State And Regional

Former President Trump endorses Gov. DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted

COLUMBUS — Former President Donald Trump endorsed Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Wednesday evening, two months before the gubernatorial election.

DeWine “quietly, but professionally and patriotically, goes about doing his job, and really well,” Trump said.

DeWine and Husted are running for a second term against Democratic opponent Nan Whaley, the former Dayton mayor.

DeWine tweeted out his appreciation for Trump’s endorsement shortly after it was released:

The endorsement comes nearly two years after Trump suggested that DeWine needed a primary challenger after the Ohio governor said on CNN that Trump should begin a transition to Biden following the 2020 presidential election.

Last year, DeWine said he would accept an endorsement from Trump, but was skeptical that they provide a significant bump in votes.

Whaley released a statement saying, in part, “It’s been clear for years that Governor Mike DeWine goes whichever way the political winds blow, looking out solely for himself regardless of what’s best for our state.”

Trump is scheduled to go to Youngstown on Sept. 17 to host a rally for Senate candidate J.D. Vance.