Masters and Vance campaigns not defined by their business backgrounds

Photo illustration of a briefcase with Republican candidate for U.S. Senate J.D. Vance and Blake Masters

J.D. Vance (left) and Blake Masters (right). Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Drew Angerer and Mario Tama via Getty Images

Venture capitalists Blake Masters and J.D. Vance are Republicans running for the U.S. Senate, but many voters in Arizona and Ohio may be unaware of their business backgrounds.

Why it matters: This is a departure from conventional campaign strategies for political novices who have spent most of their careers in the private sector. If successful, it could represent a new normal.

What to know: Neither Masters nor Vance have hid from their venture capital pasts, as each of their campaign

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