Trump Endorsed by Ohio GOP: ‘Clear Choice’ for 2024

The Ohio GOP chairman called on Republicans to unite behind former President Donald Trump to defeat President Joe Biden.
Trump Endorsed by Ohio GOP: ‘Clear Choice’ for 2024
Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, on Nov. 7, 2022. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Caden Pearson
12/1/2023
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12/2/2023
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Former President Donald Trump has received the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou praised President Trump’s dedication to the state’s workers, businesses, and families amid what he called “unhinged and relentless attacks from the radical left.”

“President Trump has proven time and again that despite the unhinged and relentless attacks from the radical left, he will never give up on fighting for Ohio’s workers, businesses, and families,” Mr. Triantafilou said in a press release. “His unapologetic leadership and commitment to putting America First is exactly what we need to reverse course from the failed policies of Joe Biden and Sherrod Brown.”

Mr. Triantafilou lauded President Trump’s accomplishments, citing his role in brokering peace deals, renegotiating trade policies, and efforts to make America energy independent. The Ohio GOP chairman argued that President Trump’s track record demonstrates an ability to “get things done” and emphasized the urgency for Republicans to unite behind him.

“The sooner Republicans can coalesce around the clear choice at the top of the ticket, the sooner we can focus on the challenge of taking back the White House, flipping the U.S. Senate, and getting our country back on track,” Mr. Triantafilou added.

The Ohio GOP’s endorsement comes after liberal causes made gains in the state, which included a successful ballot measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution and an affirmative vote to legalize marijuana.

“While we appreciate all of the Republican candidates who are passionately making their case to the American people, it is clear that President Trump is the right choice in this moment,” Mr. Triantafilou’s statement concluded.

President Trump thanked the Ohio GOP for its endorsement in a post of his Truth Social platform.

“Thank you to the Ohio Republican Party, and Alex Triantafilou for unanimously endorsing me for President. Something which has never happened before, a great honor, WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN!” he wrote.

Among the more than 129 early endorsements President Trump has garnered from notable figures, is support from 83 members of the U.S. House, 13 U.S. Senators, and seven governors, per Ballotpedia’s endorsement tracker.

Bernie Marcus, the billionaire co-founder of The Home Depot, endorsed President Trump, arguing that he’s concerned about what’s “happening to America.”

“For Democrats, the choice is simple. If you feel that you are better off now than you were three years ago, you should vote for Joe Biden or whoever is the Democrat candidate,” Mr. Marcus wrote in an op-ed published by RealClearPolitics. “For Republicans, the choice is also simple. Let’s face it: Donald Trump is going to win the nomination. You should be doing all you can to ensure his winning the general election.”

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), who became the 13th senator to endorse President Trump’s reelection bid, echoed the Ohio GOP chairman’s call for Republicans to “unite behind” the GOP frontrunner.

“While others may try to imitate him, only President Trump will put our country back on track on day one,” Mr. Marshall said.

RealClearPolitics’ latest poll averages reveal President Trump as the dominant frontrunner in the national and key state Republican primaries.

President Trump leads the national GOP field with a commanding 62 percent support, followed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) at 13.6 percent, former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) at 9.6 percent, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 4.8 percent.

In the crucial early state of Iowa, President Trump maintains a strong position with 47 percent support. Mr. DeSantis follows at 17.3 percent, Ms. Haley at 14.3 percent, Sen. Rick Scott at 6 percent, and Mr. Ramaswamy, who is from Ohio, at 5 percent.

So far, President Trump has garnered over 129 significant endorsements, which include support from 83 members of the House, 13 Senators, and seven governors, per Ballotpedia’s endorsement tracker.

In contrast, President Joe Biden had received 43 notable endorsements at this stage in the 2020 Democratic primary, with backing from 20 U.S. Representatives.

A New York Times survey found that a significant number of voters are concerned with President Biden’s age. If he’s reelected, President Biden, 80, would be leaving the White House at age 86 at the end of his second term.

According to a survey conducted by The New York Times, a significant portion of voters are concerned about the age of President Biden', who would be 86 by the time he leaves office if he’s reelected.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
This report was updated with President’s Trump comments.