Sherrod Brown wins third term in Ohio
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown cruised to re-election in Ohio, defeating Republican Rep. Jim Renacci in a contest that never lived up to early hype.
Networks called the race about 40 minutes after the polls closed.
“You showed the country that progressives can win and win decisively in the heartland,” Mr. Brown said in his victory speech. “Tonight, Ohio, you showed the country that by putting people first and by honoring the dignity of work, we can carry a state Donald Trump won by nearly 10 points.”
The gravelly-voiced Brown had a massive target on his back coming into the election cycle, but appeared to dodge a bullet when Josh Mandel abruptly pulled out of the race earlier this year, citing his wife’s health.
The decision left the GOP scrambling to find a viable replacement and eventually convinced Mr. Renacci, who already announced his bid for governor, to switch gears.
The candidates raised over $35 million for the general election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mr. Brown spent $22 million.
The 65-year-old is a darling of liberal activists and labor groups. He has been a staple of Ohio politics, serving 14 years in the House years before getting elected to the Senate in 2006.
He has opposed the nation’s free trade pacts including the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada that he blamed for hollowing out working-class communities across Ohio.