Ryan faces likely primary competition from Dr. Amy Acton, a virus specialist who gained name recognition and popularity as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s health director during the state’s early virus response.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a 10-term representative from the blue-collar Mahoning Valley, has officially launched his bid for Ohio’s coveted open Senate seat.

The 47-year-old from Trumbull County entered the closely-watched contest Monday with backing from 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Ted Strickland and other powerful Democrats.

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Ryan faces likely primary competition from Dr. Amy Acton, a virus specialist who gained name recognition and popularity as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s health director during the state’s early virus response.

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Republicans Josh Mandel, a former state treasurer, and Jane Timken, a former state GOP chair, are already running.

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