Both GOP primaries include a surprising number of candidates jockeying to prove they're most like Trump, considering the president's approval rating remains below 50 percent in most general-electorate polls. Trump was in Cleveland to meet with supporters and highlighting the benefits of the unpopular Republican tax law.
"Unless Mike Gibbons is suing himself, filing a defamation suit for having his own pro-choice, anti-Trump words quoted back to him shows he's just as confused about the law as he is about where he stands on abortion", said a statement from Martinez.
Trump criticized US immigration policy, saying people entering the USA illegally are taking advantage of "catch-and-release" practices and don't show up for their immigration court dates.
"Congressman Jim Renacci has been a great champion of President Trump's tax cuts that are spurring record economic growth across OH and America", the campaign said earlier this week. "And you can't allow people to pour into our country the way they're doing", he added.More news: EPL: Manchester United plot £80m Martial-Willian swap deal with Chelsea
President Donald Trump encouraged Ohioans Saturday to vote for Congressman Jim Renacci in the primary for U.S. Senate. Renacci is running against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. Trump predicted: "He'll be fantastic". He attended a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee, meeting first with high-dollar givers and then addressing a larger group of about 250 donors. Both are Trump-agenda supporters who have spent a combined almost $10 million since December.
At the official taxpayer-funded event, Trump also criticized Brown, saying he shares Democrats' "deep-seated" support for what he claims are looser immigration policies.
Trump's visit comes as Republicans are facing an increasingly challenging midterm election environment.
OH has several competitive races this fall, as does Georgia, where early voting has gotten underway for its primary election on May 22.