January 5, 2018 / 7:38 PM / 10 months ago

Ohio Republican Mandel drops run for U.S. Senate seat vs Brown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ohio’s Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel has ended his bid to unseat the state’s Democratic U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, citing his wife’s health, Mandel said in a news release posted on the Cincinnati Enquirer website.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) speaks with the media following the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

“We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence. In other words, I need to be there,” he said in the release.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questions Jerome Powell on his nomination to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve during a hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, U.S., November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the report and a spokeswoman for the Mandel campaign was not immediately available for comment.

Brown, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, was facing a tough challenge from Mandel after the traditional swing state went to Republican President Donald Trump in the 2016 national election.

Mandel unsuccessfully challenged Brown in 2012.

Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert and Justin Mitchell; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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