‘Hillbilly’ Heaven: J.D. Vance Defeats Ryan In Ohio

MIDDLETOWN, OH - OCTOBER 19: Republican U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance speaks with supporters in his hometown at the Butler County GOP headquarters on October 19, 2022 in Middletown, Ohio. Vance, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is running against Democratic candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the November election. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Political newcomer J.D. Vance, author of the memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, becoming the first Ohioan in decades to be elected to the Senate without prior political experience.
  • The race was neck-and-neck throughout, but Vance opened a late lead and won 54% to 46%.

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