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Portman Cruises To Easy, Double Digit Win Over Strickland

Andy Chow
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) delivers his acceptance speech with his family behind him.

Ohio’s U.S. Senate race was touted as two political heavyweights between incumbent Republican Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. But in the end Portman followed a very specific plan to victory.

A celebration like this may have seemed out of reach 15 months ago when Portman was trailing Strickland by 9 points in the polls and had very low name recognition. But Portman was a technician with his message and rarely strayed away from his talking points.  Portman called for unity after an election that showed, in his opinion that people were fed up with an inefficient government. “They expect better, we are capable of better and with a fresh start there will never be a better moment than now to rise above the disfunction in Washington, DC and find that common ground.”

A huge piece to Portman’s win was campaign fundraising, with more than $36 million coming in from outside spending.

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