15th Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Stivers defeats Lang

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U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus)

Republican Steve Stivers was coasting to victory Tuesday night over his Democratic challenger in the race for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.

Unofficial results showed Stivers, a one-term incumbent, was defeating Athens law director Patrick Lang by 72,628 (60.88 percent) votes to 46,673 (39.12), with 258 of 264 precincts as of 10:50 p.m., according to Franklin County Board of Elections. Other county totals were not included.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do now, roll up our sleeves,” said Stivers, who lives in Upper Arlington.

He said Congress needs to immediately address the so-called fiscal cliff, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year.

That includes the Bush-era tax cuts. The GOP wants to extend all of the tax cuts while Democrats want to raise taxes for upper-income earners.

“I think we need to avoid the largest tax increase in American history and reduce spending,” Stivers said.

“I want to try to work together without trading my principles right now,” he said. “I don’t think we should be raising taxes on the American people.”

With unemployment stuck at 7.9 percent, lawmakers and the president need to give job creators more certainty in the market, Stivers said.

Republicans and Democrats also are at odds over the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare,” something Stivers had vowed to help repeal. Although, he said he supported some provisions.

Still, he struck a bipartisan tone on election night.

“We’ve got to work together and figure out how to come together and make it happen,” he said.