Gibbons Lands Support For US Senate Bid From Rand Paul

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons has landed the endorsement of Republican Rand Paul in his bid for U.S. Senate.

The second-term senator from Kentucky on Thursday called Gibbons a fiscal and constitutional conservative who can be trusted to “stand up and fight for smaller government and less government overreach into our lives.”

The nod from Paul, a former presidential contender, comes as Gibbons faces U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and family business owner Melissa Ackison for the Republican nomination.

Renacci has been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party, Sen. Rob Portman and made a recent appearance with President Donald Trump.

Gibbons, a political newcomer, has won some key grassroots support, including from the Franklin County GOP in the state’s second-largest county.

Incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown is unopposed in the Democratic primary.