Renacci Chides Kasich, Channels Trump in Concession Speech

Nov 7, 2018

Ohio voters elected Democrat Sherrod Brown to a third senate term Tuesday night. He beat Republican challenger and Congressman Jim Renacci.

A mood of cautious optimism to start the evening at the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth quickly turned somber for Renacci supporters when the race was called. But a roar of applause still rang out as Jim Renacci took the stage for his concession speech where he called out Governor John Kasich for dividing the Ohio Republican Party by not supporting President Trump’s agenda.

"We have an agenda of growth. We have wage rates going up. We have unemployment going down. (These) are the policies that I’m proud to be behind. And I’m very proud to be behind this president."

The Wadsworth Republican was originally a candidate in the crowded Ohio governor’s race, but dropped out to run for the Senate in January. Sherrod Brown’s campaign outraised Renacci’s by more than $20 million.

When asked what’s next for him after he leaves elected office this January, Renacci said he’s going to “take a little break” from politics and worry about what’s next sometime in the future.