Sherrod Brown tops GOP rival Josh Mandel, keeps U.S. Senate seat

CLEVELAND: Incumbent Sherrod Brown won re-election in Ohio’s hotly contested U.S. Senate campaign, and early results showed a lead for another Democrat in a big race, President Barack Obama.

Brown defeated GOP challenger Josh Mandel, the state treasurer, despite an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups.

Three congressional Republicans in Ohio also won re-election to the U.S. House, including Speaker John Boehner.

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