Renacci swipes at Kasich after defeat for 'dividing the country' against Trump

Renacci swipes at Kasich after defeat for 'dividing the country' against Trump
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Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciGOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, ‘investigation would have wrapped up very quickly’ House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci Sherrod Brown says he has 'no real timetable' for deciding on 2020 presidential run MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday took a veiled swipe at Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) after the congressman lost his Senate bid to Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (D).

Though Renacci did not explicitly name Kasich, he blamed the outgoing governor for dividing the state and the country with his criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE.

"We jumped into a race and we actually were able to get a message out, which I think is important," Renacci said in his concession speech, according to WEWS in Cleveland.

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"And look, when you have the loudest voice in the Ohio Republican Party dividing the country against this president, I am still very proud to stand with this president," he continued. "I am proud to stand with his agenda. I am proud that we were able to campaign on that agenda."

"When you have the loudest voice in Ohio who does not support the president, it causes the divisions that we’ve seen in Ohio," Renacci added. "And again, that is probably the biggest issue that we need to be able to change."

Renacci said the state must "pull together" in the wake of Tuesday's elections in order to maintain economic gains from recent years.

Brown handily defeated Renacci to secure a third term in the Senate.

Republican Mike DeWine, meanwhile, won the state's gubernatorial race, defeating Democrat Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayOn The Money: Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule | Negotiators running out of time to avert shutdown | Trump nominates World Bank critic as its next chief Consumer bureau proposes scrapping borrower safeguards from payday loan rule Supreme Court should do what Congress won’t: Rein in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection MORE. DeWine will replace Kasich, who is term-limited.

Kasich largely stayed out of the two statewide races, but has remained in the national spotlight as one of the most prominent GOP critics of the president. He has repeatedly hit Trump over his tone and his policies.

A 2016 presidential candidate, Kasich has yet to rule out a 2020 bid.