With help from Trump and Republicans, Vance putting summer woes behind him in Ohio Senate battle

After a summer where he was out raised and outspent, Republican Senate nominee JD Vance of Ohio says he's in a "good spot" with less than seven weeks to go until November's

midterm election. "We're going to win the race," the first-time candidate, former hedge fund executive and best-selling author predicted in a Fox News interview, as he faces

off against longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in the battle to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman. The race in the Buckeye State is one of a handful across the country that

will likely determine if Republicans win back the Senate majority. After winning a crowded and combustible Republican Senate primary in May, thanks in part to the

endorsement and on-the-ground support from former President Donald Trump — who remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP — Vance faced a summer of negative

headlines and complaints from many Republicans over the state of his general election campaign. "I don't think we ever lost the momentum," Vance argued when asked about the

criticism. "I've heard these stories. I don't think they ever had much to them." NEW POLL INDICATES CLOSE CONTEST IN OHIO SENATE SHOWDOWN The GOP nominee was left in

the dust by Ryan in the April-June second quarter of fundraising, and Vance acknowledges that "certainly we were out raised during the summer no doubt about it. I think it took a

little bit of time for our donors and also our grassroots base to really get re-engaged after the primary. That was somewhat expected."