COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Mike Carey, a self-proclaimed political outsider, has won the race for the state's 15th Congressional District.
Carey defeated Democrat Allison Russo Tuesday night.
After the race was called, Russo spoke with Carey congratulating him on the victory.
Carey, with the backing of former President Donald Trump, defeated a crowded field of Republicans back in Ohio's special election for the district back in August.
Trump gave Carey his endorsement during the primary.
"I ran because I wanted to go and make a difference and believe we have too many career politicians in Washington," Carey said.
Carey will represent the 12-county wide district, stretching from Franklin County to the rural areas of Morgan, Perry, Vinton, Athens and others.
"What we did not tonight will change the direction of this country," Carey said Tuesday night.
The battle between Carey and Russo became heated when Russo ran a TV ad tying Carey to the HB 6 bribery scandal. In a statement from the Ohio Republican Party, it called the ad, “An illegal attack ad.” Russo defended the ad.
10TV reached out to Carey's campaign office several times in the past but did not hear back.