A Postmortem On Ohio's 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov 9, 2018

In an election with the highest voter turnout for a midterm in Ohio since 1994, Democrats win two seats on the state's supreme court while Republicans sweep all statewide non-judicial office races. Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would have changed the state's drug laws.

Republican incumbents Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup retain their House seats in decisive wins over promising opponents.

Hamilton County voters elect the first African-American woman as county commissioner. When Stephanie Summerow Dumas joins Todd Portune and Denise Driehaus in January, the county commission will be all Democrat.

And with the passage of Charter Amendment 10, Cincinnati City Council members will go back to serving two-year terms beginning in 2021.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss Tuesday's election results and what impact they will have on Cincinnati, Hamilton County and Ohio are Cincinnati Enquirer Columbus Bureau Chief Jackie Borchardt (@JMBorchardt); Enquirer regional government reporter Scott Wartman (@ScottWartman); Cincinnati Business Courier staff reporter and columnist Chris Wetterich (@ChrisCinciBiz); Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler (@karenkasler); and WVXU reporters Bill Rinehart (@billgrinehart) and Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson).

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.