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Brown wins Senate race; Johnson re-elected to House

November 7, 2012
From staff reports , The Marietta Times

Incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, won re-election over opponent Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel in Tuesday's election for the U.S. Senate.

In Ohio's sixth congressional district, incumbent Republican Bill Johnson defeated Democratic opponent Charlie Wilson.

"Today in Ohio, in the middle of America, the middle class won," Brown said during his victory speech, according to a transcript emailed by Brown's campaign.

"Most of us in this country think of ourselves as middle class. It's the values we share. The principles we believe in. The opportunities we create for our children," he added.

According to Brown, the race was never really about Mandel or him.

"The race is about the resurgence in Ohio manufacturing," he said.

Fact Box

At a glance

Final but unofficial results

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown (D): 2,559,165 votes.

Josh Mandel (R): 2,307,850 votes.

U.S. Congress, 6th district

Bill Johnson (R): 144,297 votes.

Charlie Wilson (D): 125,396 votes.

It's about building trades members in Columbus and Dayton...It's about the 300 electricians building a new assembly line in the (Toledo) Jeep plant," he added.

Brown noted that Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped from 10.6 to 7 percent since the government rescued the auto industry.

As Brown continued his victory speech, he turned to his party's accomplishments at the national level.

"The war in Iraq is ending, "Don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, and Obamacare was established," he said.

With these achievements in place, "secretive out-of-state forces invaded our state," Brown added.

However, the forces that spent $40 million to run 50,000 ads in the Brown/Mandel campaign underestimated Ohioans, according to Brown.

"They didn't know we had the best grassroots effort in America, ...(that) we had tens of thousands of volunteers, ...more than 100,000 contributors...and they didn't know that you could not be bought," Brown said.

At his victory celebration at the Town House in Marietta, Johnson said he and his campaign workers did "very well" at connecting with voters in the sixth district, thanks to the "personal relationship" he works at having with voters.

"It was a one-on-one campaign. I went to more than 3,000 (homes) in the county," he added.

Johnson's personal touch was "probably a deciding factor" in his victory, he said.

Johnson also credited his success to a hard working team of volunteers throughout the district.

"Tonight we're seeing that paying off," he added.

An emphasis on the importance of job creation was also important to Johnson's victory.

"Oil and gas and coal, all those issues resonated with people. People want to know what you're gonna do to create jobs," he said.

On the first day of his new term in office, Johnson said he would focus on jobs and the economy.

"I'll continue to work to end the war on coal," he added.



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