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Republican J.D. Vance defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, keeping the seat red and boosting the party’s bid to flip control of the chamber, NBC News projected.

Vance’s win will increase the GOP’s chances of regaining control of the Senate, which is currently split 50-50 by party.

Vance and Ryan were vying for the seat made vacant by retiring two-term Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Ohio has shifted to be more reliably Republican in recent elections, voting for former President Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020.

Both Vance and Ryan positioned themselves as populists seeking to appeal to working-class Americans. Read more…