J.D. Vance has won the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, according to preliminary results released on Tuesday night.
Vance, backed by venture capitalist Peter Thiel and endorsed by former President Donald Trump, will face Democrat Tim Ryan in the general election this fall.
The race was first called by Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report and Insider/Decision Desk HQ.
With more than 60% of the votes counted, Vance leads Josh Mandel, who was backed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), 31.6% to 24.6%.