We’ve won our first contested primary of 2012!

Tea Party Express-endorsed candidate Josh Mandel was victorious in winning the Republican nomination for Senate yesterday in Ohio, and will now move on to defeat liberal Democrat incumbent Sherrod Brown. This was the first of many successes for Tea Party Express candidates in 2012.

Take a look at Josh Mandel’s primary night message to the Ohio voters:

As the State Treasurer of Ohio and a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Josh is running to shake up Washington and end the good ol’ boy politics that has put our country on a path to bankruptcy

We congratulate Josh Mandel on his win this evening, but his fight is only beginning as he now turns his focus to Sherrod Brown, Washington’s most liberal senator according to the National Journal. This race is key to conservatives gaining control of the U.S. Senate, and Josh is the perfect candidate to get us there.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a steady supporter of President Obama, Obamacare and the failed stimulus packages

Sherrod Brown is grossly out of touch with the citizens of Ohio and Americans across the nation. Brown has consistently voted for more spending, like ObamaCare and the failed $800 billion stimulus, while ignoring the nation’s $15 trillion debt and growing budget deficit. We need conservative legislators in Washington who understand the dire fiscal situation of our nation and who are willing and able to fix it. As State Treasurer, Josh Mandel was recognized for successfully implementing conservative investment strategies and sharp management of the state’s finances. While our nation under Obama’s leadership was receiving a credit downgrade, Ohio received a credit upgrade thanks to Mandel!

However, on top of getting our fiscal house in order, we must implement policies that encourage economic growth. Mandel not only campaigns as a conservative, he has the courage to legislate as one. As a city councilmember, Mandel successfully led the charge for one of the state’s only property tax rollbacks ever. He has been a proponent of oil and gas exploration in Ohio that could create up to 200,000 new jobs and has shown commitment to improving the business climate by cutting taxes and letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money.

Mandel is added to a distinguished list of Senate endorsements from the Tea Party Express for the 2012 election, including Attorney General Jon Bruning in Nebraska, Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz in Texas.