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Noem-Endorsed Senate Candidate Gets Fifth in Ohio Primary

The Ohio primary offers one small measure of the influence Governor Kristi Noem is building with her nationwide campaigning.

Last summer, Noem endorsed former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken for U.S. Senate. Noem campaigned around Ohio at Timken’s side, telling Ohioans what a good worker and decider Timken is.

Jackie Borchardt, USA Today reporter, tweet from Columbus, Ohio, 2021.09.29.
This went well—Jackie Borchardt, USA Today reporter, tweet from Columbus, Ohio, 2021.09.29.

Last Tuesday, Timken came in fifth in a seven-person primary, winning 5.9% of the Republican vote. She lost to J.D. Vance, a billionaire stooge who wrote a book to make white people feel like they are the oppressed class.

So pay attention, out-of-state campaigners: if you want to lower your primary vote, recruit Kristi Noem to campaign for you.


  1. Tom 2022-05-08 10:27

    appropriate that the fire alarm is above the flag, no?

  2. bearcreekbat 2022-05-08 11:02

    Was Timkin also the Trump endorsed candidate by any chance?

  3. buckobear 2022-05-08 14:25

    For a second there, I wondered if it was bourbon or scotch.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-05-08 14:45

    BCB: No, Timken ran afoul of Trump by initially stating that an Ohio Congressperson who voted for impeachment was a decent fellow. As Mike notes, Trump eventually threw in with Vance.

  5. Donald Pay 2022-05-08 14:53

    Noem had her choice of millionaires to endorse in the Ohio Republican primary. I think all of them were rich, and out-of-touch with the raility of working people. Tim Ryan, the Democratic candidate for Senate, is about as poor as I am. The linked article doesn’t include JD Vance’s billions. Yeah, these fake hillbillies are bit much. I think we can all sympathize with declining areas of the country, but sometimes people get what they deserve when they vote for Republicans.

  6. Arlo Blundt 2022-05-08 15:18

    Having lived in an industrial city in Ohio for a while, I found Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” to be a very accurate portrayal of Ohio working families. There are thousands of Hillbilly families and their descendents who moved to Ohio to work during WWII who comprise the Trump constituency which has fundamentally changed Ohio politics. I like Ryan, the Democrat candidate, but he’ll have to battle uphill against Vance. One thing in his favor, the Hillbilly vote distrusts anyone with lots of money.

  7. mike from iowa 2022-05-08 16:21

    Timken manufactures wheel bearings, other bearings and other steel products, some of which are actually made in America. Many of their products are made in China.

  8. 96Tears 2022-05-08 19:22

    Hmmm. Ohio.

  9. Donald Pay 2022-05-09 09:58

    Arlo, at what point does a hillbilly become a fake hillbilly? I think Vance passed that point with his first million. The hillbillies who came to Ohio during WWII are nearly all dead, their children are retired, their grandchildren, I’d say, are HINOs, hillbillies in name only. My Mom came from Iowa. I like Iowa, but I ain’t no cornbilly. To me, hillbilly has as much reality as “biker.” These are people who put on an outfit. If they are Trumpers, it’s because they lack self-worth.

  10. Nix 2022-05-09 14:01

    Noems horse came in fourth.

  11. Arlo Blundt 2022-05-09 17:19

    Well…Donald, low self esteem is a generational thing among the descendants of folks from eastern Kentucky and Tennessee…they work with their hands, collect old muscle cars, “party”, love Nascar, and Lynard Skinnert. “You think you’re better than me…you ain’t no better than me” is a mantra. Believe me, they haven’t morphed into Reagan’s America. They are Trump’s America.

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