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.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) talks with supporters following a U.S. Senate debate with his opponent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at WCET-TV Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday, October 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) talks with supporters following a U.S. Senate debate with his opponent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at WCET-TV Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday, October 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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