DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — First came a victory for Sherrod Brown and then for Barack Obama as Ohio turned Blue in Tuesdayâ€™s General Election, keeping Democrats in charge of both the White House and the U.S. Senate.
Obamaâ€™s win in Ohio tipped the electoral vote count in his favor, prompting NBC to project the Presidentâ€™s re-election.
Associated Press exit poll found Obamaâ€™s decision to bailout the auto industry, a choice backed by Brown, coupled with blue-collar support helped push Obama to victory.
While Ohio turned blue, Montgomery and Hamilton counties were virtual islands in a sea of red as the majority of counties in Southwest Ohio voted Republican.
Romney won Greene County 63 percent to 37 percent and handily won Miami County 68 percent to 32 percent.
The need for an Ohio victory was more than evident to the stateâ€™s residents as both Obamaâ€™s campaign and Republican challenger Mitt Romney made multiple stops in the Buckeye state, including simultaneous stops in Cleveland on Election Day.
When the senatorâ€™s voice gave out, his wife picked up where he left off: â€śThis race was never really about me or my opponent. It was about the veteran in Columbus, the waitress in Waverly, the steelworker in Yorkville, the auto parts worker in Toledo, the small businessman in Marietta, and the farmer in Waldo. And it was about their families and neighbors.,â€ť she said reading from her husbandâ€™s prepared remarks.
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