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Rematch Of Most Expensive U.S. Senate Race In Ohio History May Be Brewing

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Gary Musselman, City Club of Cleveland
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Josh Mandel (left) and Sherrod Brown at the City Club of Cleveland debate on October 15, 2012 - moderated by Karen Kasler

The bitter US Senate campaign of 2012 – which was one of the most expensive in the country that year – could be back for a repeat in 2018.

Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel raised $44 million, and another $52 million in outside money poured in.

After losing that race, Mandel was re-elected treasurer in 2014. He’s now term limited, and has filed paperwork to restart his senatorial campaign and set up two other political action committees.  “Opening these committees now gives Ohioans an opportunity to support my style of leadership and at the same time, it does not force me to make a decision anytime soon on what I’m going to do next,” Mandel said.

Mandel says he’ll make a decision after the presidential vote this fall.