US Midterms: J.D. Vance, Tim Ryan Final Senate Debate

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The Facts

  • With less than a month before the US midterms, Ohio Senate candidates Congressman Tim Ryan (D) and venture capitalist J.D. Vance (R) met for a final debate on Monday, covering topics including racism, immigration, abortion, and guns.

  • The debate became heated at the end when the moderator asked about the "great replacement theory," which claims that liberals are attempting to gain power by replacing white voters through means such as illegal immigration.

The Spin

Republican narrative

Even before this second and final debate, the polls were showing Vance in the lead. After his fierce performance last night and with Ryan proving himself to be a race-baiter, Vance only looks stronger and stronger with the election fast approaching.

Democratic narrative

Though American voters clearly sent a message of distaste for Donald Trump in 2020, Vance has kept the former president in the spotlight, which is a bad move. Ohioans are tired of this type of rhetoric and want to return to a more moderate policy — something Ryan is ready to offer.

Nerd narrative

There's a 72% chance that J.D Vance will win the 2022 US Senate election in Ohio, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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