COLUMBUS, Ohio-- 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.
I am a proud Republican and I want to see my Party lead in the effort to find solutions that make Americans' lives better. Thank you, Ohio!
— Rob Portman (@robportman) November 9, 2016
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.
After the race was called, Strickland tweeted: "Thank you to all who supported our campaign. I am proud to have fought for working families during this campaign & will continue to do so."
Thank you to all who supported our campaign. I am proud to have fought for working families during this campaign & will continue to do so
— Ted Strickland (@Ted_Strickland) November 9, 2016
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.