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UPDATED: Brown wins US Senate; Mandel returning to treasury

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - When the dust cleared, Ohio voters had returned Democrat Sherrod Brown to the U.S. Senate for a second term and sent his Republican rival back to run the state treasury.

It was 1 of the most closely watched and expensive in the country. Both candidates seemed happy to have it behind them.

In his concession speech, Josh Mandel called it the beginning, not the end, of his fight for government accountability, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. At 35, the former state lawmaker and two-tour Marine is unlikely to end his political career here.

The 59-year-old Brown planned Wednesday to discuss the race and his goals for the next six years. Tuesday's outcome means Brown and Republican Rob Portman will continue to represent Ohioans in the Senate.

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