Election Coverage for Ohio’s Midterms
The Ohio midterm elections are now underway, and there are a number of offices up for grabs. Ohio polls closed at 7:30 p.m. CU will update this page throughout the night as more precincts report their numbers.
Democrat Richard Cordray is going up against current Attorney General Mike DeWine to win the Governor’s Mansion, one of 36 governor’s races in the election this year. Ohio will also get a new Attorney General, State Auditor, and Secretary of State. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is defending his seat against Republican Jim Renacci.
Here in Franklin County, U.S. Representative and incumbent Joyce Beatty is going up against Republican Jim Burgess for the 3rd District seat; Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor are competing for the second time this year in the 12th District; and Republican Steve Stivers is going up against Democrat Rick Neal to take District 15.
Issue 1 is the only statewide measure on the ballot this year. It would reclassify certain drug related crimes associated with possession and use as misdemeanors.
Nine contested races are occurring for Franklin County offices, including County Commissioner, County Auditor, and seven judges for the Court of Common Pleas.\
10 p.m. – 40 percent of precincts reporting
Nearly all state races have turned to favor Republicans as more precincts are reporting their numbers.
DeWine is now leading Cordray in the race for Governor, 52 to 45 percent.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Brown has declared victory over Renacci, with a 42 to 48 percent lead.
In the House, the elections for Districts 3 and 15 have been declared, with Democratic incumbent Beatty keeping her seat in District 3 with a 76 to 24 percent lead, and Stivers winning against Neal in District 15, 59 to 39 percent. The race between Balderson and O’Connor in District 12 has yet to be declared, but Balderson is currently leading the district he won in August by 5 points, 52 to 47 percent.
In the Attorney General’s race, Yost has an edge over Dettelbach, leading 54 to 46 percent. LaRose is leading Clyde in the race for Secretary of State, ahead 52 to 45 percent. And Space is ahead of Faber in the race for State Auditor, leading 68 to 30 percent.
Issue 1 has failed at the ballot, with 65 percent of Ohioans voting “No.”
For the County Commissioner seat, Marilyn Brown has maintained her 30-point lead over Michele Reynolds, leading 65 to 35 percent.
Stinziano is ahead of Mingo for the County Auditor’s seat, leading 58 to 42 percent. Meanwhile, Councilmember Page has also sustained her lead, claiming 61 percent of the vote against Bill Creedon.
Phipps and Kim Brown are still leading in their races for judge of the Court of Common Pleas, leading 60 to 40 percent and 76 to 24 percent against Hughes and Cassone, respectively.
Aveni has maintained a slim lead over Dan Hawkins, 51 to 49 percent.
For the judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Domestic) races, James W. Brown, Jamison, and Monica Hawkins still lead over Barwell, Roberts, and Koorn, respectively.
Issue 3, the ballot to renew and increase taxation for the Franklin County Metro Parks is has the majority of voters’ support with 67 percent of voters voting “Yes” on the issue.
Cordray is leading DeWine by a large margin, 67 to 31 percent.
Brown is ahead of Renacci, leading 73 to 27 percent.
In the House, Beatty has maintained her lead over Burgess, remaining at 76 to 24 percent; Neal has a 7 point lead over Stivers at 53 to 46 percent; and O’Connor is leading Balderson 67 to 32 percent in the race for the 12th district seat, which Balderson just won in the special election in August.
In the Attorney General’s race, Dettelbach is ahead of Yost, 66 to 34 percent. Clyde is leading 68 to 31 percent against LaRose for Secretary of State. And Space is ahead of Faber in the race for State Auditor, leading 68 to 30 percent.
For County Commissioner, Democrat Marilyn Brown is ahead of Republican Michele Reynolds by more than 30 percent, leading 68 to 32 percent.
Current Columbus City Council Member Michael Stinziano has an edge over incumbent Clarence Mingo for the County Auditor’s seat. Another councilmember, Jaiza Page, is running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; she leads Bill Creedon 64 to 36 percent.
Karen Phipps, Kim Brown, and Carl Aveni all have big leads in their races for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, against Jim Hughes, Michael Cassone, and Dan Hawkins, respectively. And James W. Brown, Terri Jamison, and Monica Hawkins lead in their races for Judge of the Court of Common Please (Domestic), against Jessica A. Barwell, Janie Roberts, and Amy B. Koorn, respectively.
Issue 3, the ballot to renew and increase taxation for the Franklin County Metro Parks is currently winning, with 66 percent of voters voting “Yes” on the issue.
7:49 p.m. – 5 percent of precincts reporting
Democrats are leading in all of Ohio’s races.
Cordray leads DeWine 63.8 to 30.8 percent.
Brown is head of Renacci by 30 points, leading 65.2 to 35.8 percent.
In the House races, Beatty leads Burgess 76 to 24 percent; O’Connor has a wide margin over Balderson, leading 58 to 41 percent; and Neal has managed a slim lead over Stivers, ahead 51 to 48 percent.
For Attorney General, Democrat Steve Dettelbach is leading Republican Dave Yost by nearly 30 points, leading 62 to 32 percent. Democrat Kathleen Clyde also has an edge in the race for Secretary of State against Republican Frank LaRose. And another Democrat, Zack Space, leads Republican Keith Faber 64 to 33 percent for State Auditor.
Issue 1 isn’t faring well, with 60 percent of voters voting “No.”