“But I wish her the best of luck,” Howard said.
Keller did not return requests for comment Tuesday night. However, she made the following comment on her Facebook page:
“Thank you so much to all our supporters and friends today who voted for me and sent me back to the Ohio Statehouse! I’m deeply humbled and grateful! Time to get back to work!”
The Middletown Republican defeated Howard by a vote of 64.2 percent to 35.8 percent, according to unofficial, final results from the Butler County Board of Elections.
Keller previously told the Journal-News that she had earned a return trip to Columbus representing northern and western portions of Butler County from Oxford and Okeana to Middletown and Monroe.
“I’ve done what I promised I would do,” said Keller. “I’ve passed conservative legislation. I’m meeting with constituents almost daily, and I’m just really accessible to the people. I just enjoy being a legislator, and I have stayed in the district and worked hard for the district.”