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 BrownOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Budowsky: 2020 Dems should debate on Fox Overnight Health Care: How 2020 Dems want to overhaul health care | Brooklyn parents sue over measles vaccination mandate | Measles outbreak nears record 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 TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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 CordrayThe road to the White House still goes through Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announces presidential run Sherrod Brown says he will not run for president 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.