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Rob Portman Wins Re-Election to U.S. Senate


Incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman has defeated former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Portman was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He ran a strong campaign tying his opponent to Ohio's sinking economy during Strickland's governorship, which coincided with the national recession.

Portman kept Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a distance leading up to today's election. Portman didn't campaign with Trump and withdrew his endorsement when a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women surfaced last month.

Portman's TV ads touted his work to combat the heroin epidemic, including a new law Portman co-sponsored.

Portman says he will be dedicated to getting things done by finding common ground, regardless of who controls the Senate and White House after the election results are known.  In a speech Tuesday night, he praised Ted Strickland for giving it his best in their campaign and for being gracious in defeat.

Portman says there is much to work on together. He says he stays away from "pointless partisan fights" or making unnecessary enemies. He says after the dust settles Wednesday morning, what continues is the "cause of America."

Stories from the Associated Press.