- The call follows GOP candidate Josh Mandel's unexpected departure from the race
- Vance has emerged as a national voice on the sentiments of white working-class Americans
The top Senate Republican reached out to Vance, who is a CNN contributor, to offer advice about what he could expect from a potential bid, the source said. The call was described as a conversation rather than a pitch to run, and the source said Vance appeared to be taking it in at this point and contemplating whether he could make a real difference in the race and the Senate. Politico first reported
A spokesperson for Vance told CNN they are "unable to confirm anything at this time."
Mandel, who cited his wife's health issues as cause for his withdrawal, was thought to be the leading candidate in the high-stakes midterm race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Vance told The Atlantic in September 2017
he had considered but decided against a Senate bid, saying "it would have been an objectively bad call for my family."
The best-selling author has ties to Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, the Koch Brothers and others within the conservative community, according to CNN's source.
Vance emerged as a national voice on the sentiments of white working-class Americans with his memoir of growing up in the Rust Belt. During the 2016 campaign, he often spoke to the motivations
of Donald Trump voters in this community.