CINCINNATI, OH (AP) – Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.
Portman ran a savvy and well-funded campaign that kept Strickland on the defensive and kept Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a distance leading up to Tuesday’s election.
Portman’s campaign branded Strickland “Retread Ted” and highlighted Ohio’s economic struggles, which saw 350,000 jobs lost during Strickland’s governorship. Strickland blamed the Great Recession and said he had started the state’s recovery.
Portman didn’t campaign with Trump and withdrew his endorsement of him when a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women surfaced weeks ago.
Portman served in the administrations of Republican former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.