What Portman’s Retirement Means for 2022 Senate Fight (Podcast)

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Bloomberg Government’s Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux discussed Sen. Rob Portman‘s surprising retirement announcement and where the race to replace him fits among 2022’s most competitive contests.

Portman (R-Ohio) is the third Senate Republican to announce he won’t seek re-election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates two of the open seats — Richard Burr‘s in North Carolina and Pat Toomey‘s in Pennsylvania — as Tossups, while Portman’s seat is rated Lean Republican.

President Joe Biden lost Ohio by 8 percentage points, but Democrats — who already have one senator from the state, Sherrod Brown — are hopeful a candidate such as Rep. Tim Ryan (D) can seriously compete for the seat.

Doing so would increase their odds of securing control of the Senate, currently split 50-50, for another term.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) made a surprise announcement last week that he’s walking away from Congress at the end of his term.

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