Vance, Oz and Trump’s $89 Million Debt to McConnell

J.D. Vance and Mehmet Oz needed millions in GOP establishment campaign spending.

Journal Editorial Report: Four toss-up states will decide who controls the U.S. Senate. Image: Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The election results arrived too late for our deadline on Tuesday, we regret to say, though you can check OpinionJournal.com for our online coverage overnight. But one thing we can say even before all the votes are counted: If Republicans J.D. Vance and Mehmet Oz win their Senate races in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, they’ll owe their biggest debt to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

Donald Trump’s endorsement helped both win their GOP primaries, but then the two struggled to raise money for the general election as they trailed their opponents in the polls. Getting them to November required massive spending from the dreaded Republican establishment. Mr. Trump will crow if both candidates win Tuesday, but the man who saved the day is the Senate leader he calls the “Old Crow.”

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