Republican incumbent Pat Tiberi was cruising to easy re-election in the 12th Congressional District early Wednesday morning against Democratic challenger Jim Reese.
At 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Tiberi was leading 63,754 to 46,476 votes -- or 57.8 to 42.2 percent -- with 232 of 234 Franklin County precincts reporting, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections. Overlap counties in the district were not yet reporting.
Tiberi told ThisWeek 45 percent of voters in the redrawn 12th District never had an opportunity to vote for him in the past.
Challenger Reese of Gahanna is an attorney and small- business owner
"I was introducing myself, and I was well-received out there," Tiberi said. "It was great to see the numbers come in tonight in the new areas, counties and cities. We got such a great response from the voters."
As he observed returns, Tiberi said, voters seemed to send a mixed message on the national stage, re-electing President Barack Obama but leaving Congress in much the same balance as before the election.
"It appears it's a status-quo election with the House in Republicans' hands and the Senate in Democrats' hands," he said. "It's a bit bizarre. We have huge challenges, saving our Social Security and Medicare systems."
Tiberi said he's grateful for the opportunity to return to Washington to get back to work on critical issues.
"I will continue to fight to reform our tax code, reduce burdensome regulations, cut spending and decrease our deficits, all of which will put us on the road to a stronger economy," he said.