Ohio Election Results 2018, straight from the heartland of America. Who won the Buckeye State’s most critical races on election day?
This has long been considered one of the most crucial states in national elections as a true “swing” state. How it voted in the midterm elections in a blue year may be a harbinger of things to come in the 2020 presidential election. That remains to be seen, but for now, we can dig into the numbers we have and the winners we know.
Ohio Election Results 2018: Governor & Lieutenant Governor
Mike DeWine (R) was elected the next governor of Ohio, taking over for John Kasich (R) on January 14, 2019. He defeated Rich Cordray (D), the state attorney general he ousted in 2010.
DeWine has been Ohio’s attorney general since 2011. Prior to that, he served two terms as a United States senator for Ohio, and has also been the lieutenant governor, a congressman, and a state senator in a political career dating back almost 40 years.
Republicans have held the Ohio governorship 24 of the last 28 years, soon to expand to at least 28 out of 32.
Elected the lieutenant governor with DeWine was Jon Husted (R), the incumbent secretary of state.
Ohio Election Results 2018: Secretary of the Commonwealth
|Frank LaRose (R) — 2,166,125 (50.92%)|
|Kathleen Clyde (D) — 1,987,916 (46.73%)|
|Dustin Nanna (Lbt) — 99,808 (2.35%)|
Frank LaRose (R) was elected. He has been an Ohio state senator for the past eight years.
Ohio Election Results 2018: Attorney General
|Dave Yost (R) — 2,225,888 (52.42%)|
|Steven Dettelbach (D) — 2,020,496 (47.58%)|
Dave Yost (R) was elected to his first term as attorney general. He served for eight years as the state’s auditor.
Ohio Election Results 2018: State Treasurer
|Robert Sprague (R) — 2,257,955 (53.53%)|
|Rob Richardson (D) — 1,960,075 (46.47%)|
Robert Sprague (R) will be Ohio’s new state treasurer. He was first elected as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2010.
Ohio Election Results 2018: State Auditor
|Keith Faber (R) — 2,106,559 (49.96%)|
|Zack Space (D) — 1,940,643 (46.03%)|
|Robert Coogan (Lbt) — 169,154 (4.01%)|
Keith Faber (R) was elected Ohio state auditor. He previously served four terms in the Ohio House of Represenatives and five terms in the Ohio State Senate. For four years, Faber was president of the Senate.
Ohio Election Results 2018: US Senate
Sherrod Brown (D) was re-elected to a third term in the Senate. His opponent was Jim Renacci (R), a congressman.
Ohio Election Results 2018: US House
|Ohio-01 (Cincinnati [part], Lebanon, Franklin)|
|Steve Chabot (R)* — 151,107 (51.80%)|
|Aftab Pureval (D) — 135,467 (46.44%)|
|Dirk Kubala (Lbt) — 5,126 (1.76%)|
|Ohio-02 (Cincinnati [part], Georgetown, Portsmouth)|
|Brad Wenstrup (R)* — 163,450 (57.82%)|
|Jill Schiller (D) — 115,777 (40.95%)|
|Jim Condit (Grn) — 3,473 (1.23%)|
|Ohio-03 (Columbus [part], Sharon, Reynoldsburg)|
|Joyce Beatty (D)* — 174,421 (73.30%)|
|Jim Burgess (R) — 63,470 (26.67%)|
|Ohio-04 (Lima, Marion, Elyria)|
|Jim Jordan (R)* — 164,640 (65.41%)|
|Janet Garrett (D) — 87,061 (34.59%)/td>|
|Ohio-05 (Van Wert, Defiance, Bowling Green)|
|Bob Latta (R)* — 173,894 (62.46%)|
|J. Michael Galbraith (D) — 97,352 (34.96%)|
|Ohio-06 (Jackson, Cambridge, Steubenville)|
|Bill Johnson (R)* — 169,668 (69.29%)|
|Shawna Roberts (D) — 75,196 (30.71%)|
|Ohio-07 (Canton, Mount Vernon, Ashland)|
|Bob Gibbs (R)* — 150,317 (58.85%)|
|Ken Harbaugh (D) — 105,105 (41.15%)|
|Ohio-08 (Hamilton, Greenville, Springfield)|
|Warren Davidson (R)* — 170,561 (66.81%)|
|Vanessa Enoch (D) — 84,738 (33.19%)|
|Ohio-09 (Toledo, Sandusky, Brooklyn)|
|Marcy Kaptur (D)* — 152,682 (67.59%)|
|Steve Kraus (R) — 73,183 (32.40%)|
|Ohio-10 (Dayton, Clayton, Washington Court House)|
|Mike Turner (R)* — 153,640 (56.18%)|
|Theresa Gasper (D) — 114,699 (41.94%)|
|Dave Harlow (Lbt) — 5,140 (1.88%)|
|Ohio-11 (Cleveland, Euclid, Akron [part])|
|Marcia Fudge (D)* — 197,147 (81.94%)|
|Beverly Goldstein (R) — 43,443 (18.06%)|
|Ohio-12 (Mansfield, Dublin, Zanesville)|
|Troy Balderson (R)* — 171,757 (51.56%)|
|Danny O’Connor (D) — 156,863 (47.09%)|
|Joe Manchik (Grn) — 4,510 (1.35%)|
|Ohio-13 (Youngstown, Alliance, Akron [part])|
|Tim Ryan (D)* — 149,271 (60.80%)|
|Chris DePizzo (R) — 96,225 (39.20%)|
|Ohio-14 (Ashtabula, Mentor, Macedonia)|
|Dave Joyce (R)* — 166,483 (55.39%)|
|Besty Rader (D) — 134,059 (44.61%)|
|Ohio-15 (Columbus [part], Wilmington, Athens)|
|Steve Stivers (R)* — 166,632 (58.54%)|
|Rick Neal (D) — 112,546 (39.54%)|
|Jonathan Miller (Lbt) — 5,477 (1.92%)|
|Ohio-16 (Westlake, Medina, Wooster)|
|Anthony Gonzalez (R) — 166,933 (56.84%)|
|Susan Moran Palmer (D) — 126,736 (43.16%)|
Ohio Election Results 2018: State Ballot Questions
|Issue 1: Misdemeanor Offense for Drug Possession and Use|
|NO — 2,716,958 (63.40%)|
|YES — 1,568,347 (36.60%)|
Ohio Election Results 2018: State Senate
Ohio’s Senate delievered Republicans a rare state legislative net gain on what was otherwise a Democratic night nationwide.
Ohio Election Results 2018: State House
Democrats made modest gains in the Ohio State House, but Republicans retain a veto-proof majority. In Ohio, only three-fifths is required for a veto override.
Ohio Election Results 2018: Analysis
Here’s the thing about Ohio: we call it a “swing state.” Barack Obama carried it twice and Donald Trump won easily in 2016. Beyond that, however, look at the rest of the playing field in the state. Mike DeWine was elected governor. Sherrod Brown was re-elected, but by a slimmer margin than expected in a race nobody followed. The GOP retains a 12-4 US House advantage (though Elbridge Gerry might be proud of the map). Ohio’s legislature remains overwhelmingly Republican; again, some may find those maps askew as well. (Link: Cleveland.com) Nevertheless, the GOP swept all of the statewide non-federal races.
Ohio is not feeling blue these days. In fact, things are going rather well for the Republicans in Ohio as opposed to some other places that are supposed to be “swing” states. Virginia and Colorado are going bluer and Florida is 50/50 almost all the time. Ohio is bucking the trend. One would think that between the 2016 results and these in 2018, Donald Trump will start the 2020 campaign as the favorite in the Buckeye State.