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Brown retains Senate seat

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Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown withstood slipping popularity among older voters and independents to win a second term. A supporter of the auto bailout, he got the backing of a majority of Ohioans who agreed with giving federal money to General Motors and Chrysler.

Union households were also decisively behind him. Brown's core support came from young people, voters who had not gone beyond high school and low-income voters. Brown support did tumble among Catholics as well as middle income voters compared with six years ago when he was first elected to the Senate. He won the urban vote overwhelmingly and split the suburban vote.

Republican challenger Josh Mandel did well among his base, including upper income voters, Evangelical Christians and those concerned about taxes.