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Senator Sherrod Brown

Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators are now on the oldest and arguably most powerful committee in the Senate – finance. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that could bode well for Ohio.

Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are among the 20 senators who will be taking the closest look at everything from taxes to trade agreements, Medicare, Social Security and the overall economic well-being at the United States.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he'll promote more campaign finance disclosure after prevailing in Tuesday's election against close to $40 million in undisclosed outside spending.

The Democrat said he received dozens of congratulatory calls from colleagues after keeping his seat despite the heaviest onslaught of third-party cash in the nation. Brown beat Republican Josh Mandel in the closely watched race.

Brown said his victory proved well-funded industries seeking favor in Washington can't intimidate a Congress member who has a strong middle-class message.

Election Results Wrap-up

Nov 7, 2012

President Barack Obama has won Ohio again, capturing the swing state after a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney. Obama, who also won Ohio in 2008, claims the swing state's 18 electoral votes on his way to an electoral victory nationwide.

NPR's Peter Overby looks at the relationship between campaign ad money and victory in Senate races, or lack thereof. The Brown-Mandel race in Ohio is one of the major examples in which major ad expenditures did not end in victory.

A long and contentious battle for the Ohio Senate has ended in a victory for incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown.  Even as late as Monday though, the latest Rasmussen poll showed that Josh Mandel had some a long way in closing the gap with Brown.  He was just down 2 points among likely voters.

The three debates held by the candidates, could at least be described as 'heated,' and at times vitriolic, but in the end, Brown prevailed in yesterday's election by a fairly wide margin, 50.36% - 45.05%, despite reports of big outside money coming in to Mandel's campaign.

OHIO SENATE RACE -- Incumbent Brown Defeats Mandel

Nov 7, 2012

In the Ohio race, incumbent Sherrod Brown defeated Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Former Dayton Daily News editor Ellen Belcher says when Mandel decided to run against Brown, not many people gave him a chance - but when money started pouring in, the tide started turning.

"Its been up and down and there were moments when people thought Sherrod Brown could actually lose this. I think this is one of those times where those who think that money can't buy an election are proven right," says Belcher.

Democrat Sherrod Brown has won a new term in the U.S. Senate in Ohio after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country.

Brown withstood an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups to top Republican challenger Josh Mandel -- the state treasurer and a veteran of the Iraq war. In his victory speech, Brown told supporters those groups thought the state could be bought but says they "just didn't know Ohio."

Both President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in Ohio the final weekend before Tuesday's election. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler about the significance about campaigning in Southwest Ohio, whether or not the controversy surrounding the Romney's camp's Jeep talk will alter the election, and the state of the senate race and Issue 2.


The candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate race are preparing to meet in the final debate of their heated campaign.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel face off again Thursday evening in a Cincinnati TV studio. In Columbus last week, Mandel called Brown a liar, and Brown said the Republican can't be trusted.

Mandel has depicted the 59-year-old veteran Democrat as a career Washington politician, while Brown has described his 35-year-old challenger as opportunistic and more concerned about his next office than doing the job in the one he has.

A new poll indicates President Barack Obama's lead in Ohio has dwindled, but he is getting strong support from women.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll released today put the Democratic president ahead of Republican Mitt Romney 50 percent to 45.  Obama led 55-40 among women and Romney 51-44 among men.  Romney led independent voters 49-42 percent.

Romney had more support among white voters, while blacks were heavily for Obama in the poll.  A Quinnipiac survey Sept 26 had shown Obama with a 10-point lead.

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