COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 06: Republican Gubernatorial-elect Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) and Lieutenant Gubernatorial-elect Jon Husted take the stage during their victory party for Ohio's gubernatorial race at the Ohio Republican Party's election night party at the Sheraton Capitol Square on November 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine defeated Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Cordray to win the Ohio governorship. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans say they won sweeping victories in Ohio borrowing from Barack Obama's mobilization playbook and using President Donald Trump's ability to fire up his base.
After suffering a stinging defeat to Obama in 2012, the Republican National Committee says it learned from its mistakes.
In a memo released Wednesday, the committee said Obama's grassroots-intensive ground game was "the most successful ever fielded up to that point, so we adopted it wholesale."
The GOP won every statewide executive race, including governor, and held back Democratic challengers to hold onto its congressional seats and its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers.
An Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman disagrees with Republicans' assessment, saying GOP voters turned out for one reason: President Donald Trump.