Just days before the midterm elections, Donald Trump Jr. mocked Democratic Ohio Senate candidate Tim Ryan for releasing a campaign ad of himself shooting a handgun.
Ryan, who currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio’s 13th District, is scheduled to face Republican author and venture capitalist JD Vance on Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections for the Senate.
Ryan has managed to keep his Republican opponents in the cutthroat competition, even as Ohio leans toward the Republican Party in the recent election cycle. He highlights when he turned against the more liberal faction of the Democratic Party to appeal to voters who supported former President Donald Trump in 2020.
Ryan released a new campaign ad this week featuring shooting a target with a handgun. This is a common expression in Republican advertisements. At the end of the clip, he says his shooting skills are “not bad for a Democrat.”
The video, which attempts to build his crossover appeal, was coldly received by some Republicans, including the former president’s son and Vance supporter Donald Trump Jr. accused Ryan of being a “total fraud” in a Truth Social post about.
“If Tim Ryan or anyone on his staff had full knowledge of the shoot, they wouldn’t have released this video,” he wrote in a Sunday morning post. , Tim Ryan is a complete crook.”
The video was further ridiculed by other conservatives who criticized his stance while firing.
“Tim, frankly, I would encourage you to come shoot with us and learn some basic form and gun safety. It shows that you’re scared. You could trip and fall and lose control.It could lead to an accident,” former Republican congressman Ross Schumann tweeted.
Ohio Senate Election Poll Results
With just two days to go until the election, Vance is building a narrow lead over Ryan as Democrats focus on more competitive elections in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. FiveThiryEight’s recent poll tally shows Vance holding his 3.9% lead. That’s significantly less than his 8.1 percentage points in Trump’s victory in Ohio in 2020.
Vance had a six-point lead in the November 1-3 signal poll of 1,498 potential voters. 49% of respondents said they planned to vote for Vance, and 43% said they would vote for Ryan.
A Remington Research Group poll of 1,125 potential voters, conducted Nov. 1-2, found that Vance received a 5-point support from 48% of respondents, compared to 43% for Ryan. found to have risen. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 2.8%.
Ohio was once considered one of the most competitive and battleground states, with former President Barack Obama winning the state in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. In recent years, however, Ohio has moved away from the Democratic Party as Rust Belt voters flock to the Republican Party.
Incumbent Republican Governor Mike DeWine is expected to win the gubernatorial election easily. But the state has three highly competitive legislative elections that could help determine legislative power.
Newsweek We have reached out to Ryan’s campaign for comment.