U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci declared victory over U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton early Wednesday morning.
Sutton and Renacci were locked into a close race throughout the night Tuesday. Renacci held a 4 percent lead over Sutton at press time, though a few precincts remained to be counted.
“I am deeply humbled by the opportunity that voters in the 16th district have given me to serve again as their voice in Washington,” Renacci said in a statement. “Throughout this race, and again tonight, my thoughts have remained with the millions of Americans who are out of work and who continue to struggle through deeply difficult times.”
The battle for the 16th District included high spending on both sides after the two incumbents were pitted against each other in the district.
Late last week, The Associated Press reported $9.7 million had been spent between the two campaigns and outside groups.
Both candidates stood behind their record and argued it was the other person and opposing party causing gridlock in Washington , D.C.
Renacci said he wants to reduce the corporate tax rate to around 25 percent, to make it competitive with other countries, while closing loopholes that allow some businesses to pay less.
“I look forward to getting back to work on behalf of the district and doing the heavy lifting that is needed to repair our broken economy,” he said.
During her time in Congress, Sutton supported the Affordable Care Act, which she said would help reduce health care costs and barred insurance companies from refusing coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Sutton also accused Renacci of improperly influencing the drawing of the new 16th District to include one of his major donors.
Renacci , who served on Wadsworth City Council from 1999 to 2002, said Sutton’s claims can’t be proven. In his statement Wednesday morning, there was no mention of those earlier disagreements.
“I sincerely congratulate Congresswoman Sutton on her service to the people of Ohio and on running a very strong campaign,” he said.