Election 2020 | Ryan and Johnson Retain House Seats
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Associated Press reports U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, D-13, and Bill Johnson, R-6, have won re-election in their respective congressional districts.
According to early results posted by AP, Ryan was way ahead with 62.3% of the vote. Republican Christina Hagan had 35.6% of the votes. Michael Fricke, a Libertarian, had 2.1%.
Early results reported by AP saw Johnson receiving 67.4% of the vote compared to 32.6% for defeating Democrat Shawna Roberts.
Ryan credited his win to the ability to get his message out about what he has been able to do for his district.
During a during a Zoom call an hour after polls closed in Ohio at 7:30 p.m., Ryan told reporters that friends have criticized him for not talking about the work he is doing in the district and what he has done to secure funds for Youngstown Air Reserve Station, local incubators, downtown Warren’s amphitheater and the infrastructure work in downtown Youngstown.
“This was an opportunity for me to talk about what we’ve done,” he said.
Hagan, a former state representative who resides just outside the district, was “a tough opponent” who was supported by “a lot of outside money,” he said.
“We’ve never had that kind of attack on us every day on TV so we had to respond to it,” he said.
The outside money that she received “played right into the narrative that we’re local and she wasn’t,” he said.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.