Ohio GOP US Sen. Portman wins re-election over ex-governor

Cody PriceNov 11, 2016

"I view myself as an independent voice for OH and if I disagree with something from the Trump administration just as what would have been the case from the Clinton administration, I will of course stand up and I assume others will as well", Portman said.

Polls have shown him pulling away in the campaign's final weeks.

The party that wins control of the Senate will lead investigations and confirmation of the Supreme Court nominees of the next president.

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Since the beginning, Portman took his race against Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland seriously, building an extensive ground game independent of the presidential campaign and aggressively fundraising.

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Portman is projected to get 59 percent of the vote, which equates 95,477 votes. Portman said he wasn't concerned about potential repercussions for himself or OH as a result of that move.

By mid-summer, Portman was leading his opponent by double digits as his Republican colleagues in other tight Senate races struggled to escape Trump's shadow. We have a unique opportunity to give the American people the change they called for and a government that works for them.

"I'm looking forward and I'm, as you can tell today, actually excited about the opportunity to have a fresh start in Washington - a new Congress, a new presidency", he said.

"The American people spoke loud and clear - they are exhausted of business as usual in Washington", Jenkins said.

Associated Press exit polling showed young voters leaned toward Clinton, while white evangelicals strongly favored Trump.

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Portman says he anticipates tax reform, infrastructure improvements and a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act to be priorities of the Republican-controlled Senate under Trump.

"Now it's time to bring our country together, and I am ready to get to work for all Ohioans", said Brown of Cleveland.

For his part, Mr. Strickland said the results were "not what I hoped for".

Very few of the state's voters said they thought both candidates are qualified for the office. I also congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory and will be listening closely as he begins to discuss his plans for our future.

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