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Ryan, Vance spar ahead of Senate matchup

Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan, the nominees for U.S. Senate, don’t agree on much — but both said Vance is the favorite to win the seat in the November election.

Ryan, D-Howland, said he embraces the underdog role.

“It’s going to be a tough race, but at the end of the day, we’ve got a really good shot to win it and feel really good about where we are in contrast to J.D. — feel really good about it,” he said.

Ryan added: “It’s clear it’s a little David vs. Goliath here, but Ohio is the kind of state that roots for David because Ohio is in a lot of ways an underdog state, a flyover state, and so I don’t think they’re going to put their lot in for Vance.

Vance said: “Certainly we’re favored to win, but again Democrats can win Ohio. They have in the past very recently so we have to do the work.”

Ryan, a 10-term congressman, had a solid victory in the May 3 Democratic primary against two opponents, capturing nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator.

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