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OH-Sen: GOP candidate Renacci changes campaign managers for the third time

GOP candidate for Ohio Senate, Rep. Jim Renacci, has reportedly changed campaign managers again. Renacci appears to be trailing incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown by a significant margin. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

Rep. Jim Renacci, the Republican candidate for Senate in Ohio, has changed campaign managers for the third time this election cycle, according to Cleveland.com.

The reported change comes as Renacci appears to be trailing incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown by a significant margin, despite the Renacci campaign turning up the pressure on Brown with attacks related to an allegation of domestic abuse from the senator's 1986 divorce.

What's the story?

Renacci's previous campaign manager, Jayme Odom, had been rumored to have left the position for months, Cleveland.com reported, and those rumors were seemingly confirmed by campaign finance filings.

Odom was paid $12,079 on July 31. Beginning in August, the payroll amount to Odom dropped to $2,500 per month. Additionally, Odom's LinkedIn page indicates that she stopped working for the campaign in July.

The Renacci campaign told Cleveland.com that Odom is still employed by the campaign, just not as the campaign manager, although a source told the news site that she is no longer in Wadsworth, Ohio, where Renacci's campaign is based.

The new campaign manager is former deputy campaign manager Sarah Clamp, whose salary was increased from $9,000 per month to $13,000 per month in August, according to the campaign finance documents.

Renacci previously changed campaign managers in April 2017, not long after he entered the Ohio gubernatorial race (before he switched to the Senate race), when he fired Bryan Reed. In November 2017, campaign manager Weston McKee took a leave of absence and eventually decided to leave the campaign for good.

A recent University of Akron poll has Brown leading Renacci by 12 points, and some Republican donors have reportedly given up on Renacci's chances to unseat Brown.

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