Gibbons vs. Renacci: U.S. Senate Republican Primary (2018, Ohio) Candidate Comparison, by the Endorsements

May 3, 2018

There are five candidates on the ballot in the primary this Tuesday seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Sherrod Brown for U. S. senator from Ohio, but pollsters indicate the two who realistically have any chance of winning the nomination are Mike Gibbons and Jim Renacci.*  Here’s how they compare, according to organizations that have looked into the candidates’ records and positions on different issues:

On Immigration

Numbers USA goes issue by issue (click for more); overall, they consider Mike Gibbons a true reformer, but give Jim Renacci a “C”.  (Sherrod Brown gets an “F–”.)

Numbers USA, Brown, F; Renacci, C; Gibbons, true reformer

On Taxes

Americans for Tax Reform reports that Mike Gibbons has signed the pledge not to raise taxes, but Jim Renacci has not.  (Below is the list of all Ohio signers in 2018, current as of yesterday—Renacci still isn’t on it.)

Americans for Tax Reform, Gibbons yes, Renacci no

On Abortion

Mike Gibbons is endorsed by the grassroots/local Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, while Jim Renacci is endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life PAC.  It seems safe to say that both candidates are strongly pro-life.

On Guns

The NRA Political Victory Fund gives them both an “A” rating, albeit based on a questionnaire in the case of Gibbons; only Renacci is an incumbent politician (currently serving his fourth term in the U. S. House), and thus able to be judged by his voting record.

NRA-PVF, Jim Renacci, A

NRA-PVF, Mike Gibbons, AQ

(Incumbent Sherrod Brown gets an “F”, in case you’re wondering.  His most recent rating is as of 2012, the last time he was up for re-election.)

And the winner is…

Overall, which candidate is the more conservative choice?  If you assign 3 points for every “A” rating (and 3 for each endorsement or equivalent, where no letter grades), 2 for each “B”, 1 for “C”, and zero for anything lower than “C”, on the four issues listed above I count:

Renacci — 1 + 0 + 3 + 3 = 7

Gibbons — 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12

By the endorsements, Gibbons is the clear winner.

  

* Note on pronunciation:  In Ohio, Renacci’s last name is pronounced “reNACY” (rhymes with “racy”), not “reNOTCHY” (rhymes with “bocce”) as you would expect.

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