PARMA -- Representative Betty Sutton says her Election Night Results Party was always planned to celebrate a campaign, not just hope for a win.
Despite conceding to Rep. Jim Renacci in the race for Ohio's 16th Congressional District, Sutton told volunteers, staffers and voters, "Tonight was a good night for the middle class."
She addressed a group about 30 supporters who waited until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to hear from her.
Voters and volunteers are gathered at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in Parma about 7 p.m. Tuesday. They spent Election Night socializing, listening to upbeat music, enjoying wings and punch and throwing out some good cheers when winning numbers President Barack Obama, and other Democrats flashed on the big screens.
The race for OH-16 was considered one of the most competitive and most important in the nation, featuring two incumbent representatives battling for one newly created district.
About 80 percent of the terriority was new to Sutton, while only 50 percent was new to Renacci.
"The deck was a little stacked against us, but you know what, we're tough in Ohio. We don't give up, and that's more than just a slogan, that's who we are," said Sutton.
"And so I feel, as I said, good going into the night, but it has been such a privilege, a privilege to run, a privilege to serve."
Sutton told supporters to "take heart, have courage. This isn't the end," thanking staff members and campaign volunteers for their efforts during her three terms in the House. Sutton says jobs need to the priority for our leaders.
"We have to work on getting people back to work, strengthening our economy, and we have to find a way to do that. And that's one thing that doesn't change regardless of where the lines fall or who is elected and what initial happens to be after their name, D or R."
Sutton spent Tuesday campaigning in Summit, Stark and Cuyahoga counties after voting in her precinct in Copley Township.
Ohio's 16th Congressional District includes Wayne County and parts of Portage, Summit, Stark, Medina and Cuyahoga counties.