Republicans cite Obama ground game, Trump for big Ohio wins

Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans say they won sweeping victories in Ohio borrowing from Barack Obama's mobilization playbook and using President Donald Trump's ability to fire up his base.

After suffering a stinging defeat to Obama in 2012, the Republican National Committee says it learned from its mistakes.

In a memo released Wednesday, the committee said Obama's grassroots-intensive ground game was "the most successful ever fielded up to that point, so we adopted it wholesale."

The GOP won every statewide executive race, including governor, and held back Democratic challengers to hold onto its congressional seats and its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers.

An Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman disagrees with Republicans' assessment, saying GOP voters turned out for one reason: President Donald Trump.

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