Trump-backed candidate Bernie Moreno clinched the Republican nomination for Ohio's Senate seat, setting up a showdown with Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown this November, per Decision Desk HQ.

Moreno, a former car dealership owner and father-in-law to Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio), navigated a contentious primary, defeating rivals Matt Dolan (R) and Frank LaRose (R) in a heated contest.

Bolstered by endorsements from Trump and key Ohio figures like Sen. JD Vance (R) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R), Moreno secured a significant edge over his opponents.

Moreno and Dolan, both unsuccessful in the 2022 Senate race, held substantial fundraising advantages over LaRose, enabling them to inject millions into their campaigns through self-funding.

Polling dynamics shifted throughout the primary, with Moreno gaining momentum after Trump's endorsement and support from top Senate Republicans.

Dolan surged in the final weeks with endorsements from prominent figures like former Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Gov. Mike DeWine (R), narrowing the race.

Despite facing controversy over a linked account on Adult Friend Finder, Moreno's campaign dismissed it as an old prank by a former intern, asserting Moreno's innocence.

Trump's rally ahead of the primary aided Moreno's victory, setting the stage for a highly contested Senate race against Brown in the upcoming election.