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Analysis: Senate Democrats are on the verge of a *major* recruiting win

February 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The news that Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is moving toward a bid to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R) is a major early recruiting win for Democrats as they seek to hold -- and widen -- their majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

(CNN)The news that Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is moving toward a bid to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R) is a major early recruiting win for Democrats as they seek to hold -- and widen -- their majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

"I've been hearing from Democrats across Ohio and the country who are excited at the possibility of picking up a Senate seat that we haven't held in decades," Ryan told CNN Monday night.

And every dime spent to defend Ohio, which Portman would likely have won without much trouble had he run, is money that can't be spent by Republicans on winning back Democratic-held states like Arizona, Georgia and Nevada.

(And yes, the possibility does exist that Ryan could actually win the race outright. ) Facing the prospect of having to dump millions into open-seat races in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and maybe Wisconsin, Ryan's likely candidacy is a headache Republicans absolutely do not want.

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