Senate battle in Ohio crucial for Republican control

The Ohio contest is central to Republicans’ plan to recapture control of the Senate, and Republican challenger, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, wasted no time in painting the incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, as a creature of Washington who can’t be trusted to help repair the nation’s lagging economy.

Senate Debates Metro Thursday October 25, 2012: GOP challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel gestures as he speaks during their final debate with Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown at WCET studios Thursday October 25, 2012 in Over-the-Rhine. (Pool/ Joseph Fuqua II/The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Senate Debates Metro Thursday October 25, 2012: GOP challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel gestures as he speaks during their final debate with Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown at WCET studios Thursday October 25, 2012 in Over-the-Rhine. (Pool/ Joseph Fuqua II/The Cincinnati Enquirer)

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