With control of Congress at stake in the mid-term election less than three months away, Donald Trump is keeping Ohio close to his heart.
The president will be the featured guest at the Ohio Republican Party State Dinner on Aug. 24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, party officials announced Wednesday.
Trump also will attend a fundraiser to generate campaign cash for the U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who is running against incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown on Nov. 6.
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Ohio GOP dinner last year, which with single-seat ticket prices of $250 and a $10,000 VIP package for 10 guests is a major fundraiser for the party.
In a written statement, GOP Chairman Jane Timken said, “Since his election, President Trump has kept his promises to the people of Ohio by cutting our taxes and building the strongest economy we’ve seen in decades. President Trump is wildly popular in Ohio and I have no doubt that this will be our largest state dinner ever.”
Renacci said: “The president’s continued support for my campaign, and his commitment to diligently working to help elect Republicans across the state of Ohio, highlights the strength of the Republican ticket leading up to this year’s election.”
Trump’s last visit to central Ohio came on Aug. 4 as he staged a rally to benefit Troy Balderson ahead of his apparent narrow win over Democrat Danny O’Connor in a special election for the remainder of the year in the 12th Congressional District.
The dinner visit may not be Trump’s last to Ohio in a critical election cycle for Republicans on both the federal and state slates.
Balderson and O’Connor will square off again for a full two-year term on Nov. 6 on a ballot that also features all other seats in the U.S. House and all statewide executive offices, including the contest for governor between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray.