December 21, 2014

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Sutton, Kaptur keep U.S. House seats

The Republicans’ so-called red wave hit a breakwall in northern Ohio on Tuesday, with Lorain County’s two incumbent Democratic congresswomen, Betty Sutton and Marcy Kaptur, fending off challenges from Republican millionaires.

Nationally, the Republicans won at least 57 seats, enough to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, a victory expected to make House Republican Leader John Boehner, of suburban Cincinnati, Speaker of the House and create political hurdles for President Barack Obama as he heads into the final two years of his term.

Car dealer Tom Ganley, who had been challenging Sutton, conceded defeat Tuesday night, but said in a statement that he was pleased that his fellow Republicans were “poised to take over the House.”

“I look forward to seeing a majority that will balance the budget, create jobs and lead us to prosperity once again,” Ganley said. “We didn’t quite make it this time, but like General Douglas MacArthur said during the depths of World War II, I shall return.”

Sutton, who lives in Copley Township, told supporters Tuesday that she will continue the work she has done over her two previous terms in Congress.

“We have made great strides in a short time by standing up and fighting together,” she said. “We have fought to prevent outsourcing of good manufacturing jobs, we have stood up to the big corporations that try to take advantage of the middle class, and we have always worked to make life better for our workers and our families.”

Sutton easily carried her district, according to counts from The Associated Press, which showed Sutton taking 55 percent of the vote, or 115,310 votes, to Ganley’s 92,581 votes, or 45 percent.
In Lorain County, according to unofficial election results, Sutton pulled in 39,123 votes, or about 57.6 percent of the vote. Ganley garnered 28,850 votes, of about 42.4 percent.

Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat and the longest-serving woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, said she was thrilled voters trusted her with another term. She said she will continue to focus on the economy and creating jobs.

With the counting still going on Tuesday night, Kaptur said she wasn’t certain what the makeup of the House will be when she is sworn in again.

But whatever the final results, she said she hopes for a “jobs-oriented Congress.”

“We’re going to have to require bipartisan cooperation and that remains a concern of mine,” Kaptur said.

Although Iott, a former supermarket CEO, narrowly beat Kaptur in Lorain County, according to unofficial election returns, he lost the district overall. Kaptur took 59 percent of the vote, or 117,890 votes, to Iott’s 41 percent, or 81,876 votes, the AP reported.

In Lorain County, Iott picked up 12,719 votes, or about 50.4 percent of the vote. Kaptur had 12,537 votes, or about 49.6 percent, in Lorain County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.