Bernie Moreno, a wealthy former car dealer and political newcomer, rode the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump to victory on Tuesday in a hotly contested primary to determine which Ohio Republican would take on incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, the last Democrat to hold elective statewide office in the increasingly Republican state.

Mr. Moreno beat State Senator Matt Dolan, whose family is a majority owner of the Cleveland Guardians baseball team, and Frank LaRose, Ohio’s secretary of state, once again proving the power of Mr. Trump’s backing among Republican primary voters. Rarely has a contest so clearly divided the old-line Republican establishment from the new Trump wing of the party, and again, the former president’s movement prevailed.

“We’re the party of the future,” declared Mr. Moreno, who would be one of the Senate’s richest members, and its only South American-born member, if elected in November. “We’re the party that’s going to rebuild the middle class in this country.”

Mr. Brown answered, “The choice ahead of Ohio is clear: Bernie Moreno has spent his career and campaign putting himself first and would do the same if elected. Elections come down to whose side you’re on, and I’ll always work for Ohio.”

It was, for Mr. Trump, another triumph. For Mr. Dolan, it was a second loss to a Trump-backed political neophyte. In 2022, the author and investor J.D. Vance beat him in the primary race for retiring Senator Rob Portman’s seat and went on to win the general election that fall.

In stumping for Mr. Dolan, Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Republican governor, tried to make the case that Mr. Dolan was the best candidate to take on Mr. Brown, whose blue-collar appeal and well-established political persona could be tough to beat, even in a state where Mr. Trump won the last two presidential elections by more than eight percentage points each time.


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