2018 Ohio midterm elections

In the months leading up to the midterms, Ohio election officials tried to make their computer systems harder to hack.

They role-played how to handle cyberattacks and received help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They say last week’s vote went off without major cybersecurity problems. Now they have to prepare for an even bigger election—the 2020 presidential race.

The Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio appear to be on the verge of no longer being recognized as minor parties, based on the results of last week’s vote and a state law from 2013.

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine and incoming Secretary of State Frank LaRose have announced their transition teams – the people who will help set policy, personnel and priorities for the next four years.

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After Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Election Day and made small gains in the Kentucky General Assembly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's "not happy" with how Republicans performed in suburban areas.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with city hall reporter Jay Hanselman this morning about the results of of last Tuesday's election in Hamilton County. One thing was obvious: Hamilton is now a blue county. Every Democratic statewide candidate - for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasuer and auditor - lost statewide, but every one of them won Hamilton County by a sizeable margin. Democrats defeated several incumbent Republican judges.

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The midterms were all about President Donald Trump. The Democrats gained control of the house and the Republicans kept control of the senate, with a record number of women elected to congress. But overall, election results were a mixed bag for both parties. Several races are still undecided, including those for Florida governor and senator, which may be headed for recounts.

A Postmortem On Ohio's 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov 9, 2018
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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.

While Democrats saw big wins in other Midwest states, they were shut out of their statewide executive races in Ohio. Strategists say Ohio is one step closer to losing its swing state status.

This week’s election underscored some weaknesses for Ohio Democrats. The party’s candidates lost all of the statewide executive offices and gained seats but also lost some in the state House and Senate. This has left many wondering where Democrats in Ohio go from here. 

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When Cincinnati's next council is elected in 2021, members will serve two-year terms instead of the current four.

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Well, which Democratic election night in Ohio would you like to read more about?

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Chris Monzel says he wants to return to public service someday, but first, he has some projects that need finishing around the house. Monzel lost his seat on the Hamilton County commission to Democratic challenger Stephanie Summerow Dumas by about 8,400 votes in Tuesday's general election.

Sixth District GOP Congressman Andy Barr held off a challenge by first time candidate Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. The three-term U.S. Representative admits divisiveness in politics needs attention.

“We are a people, who rose from the rugged pioneer spirit which built this country. And there is no reason why Kentuckians can't lead a political and spiritual renewal to go along with our nation’s economic revival,” Barr said.

Barr thanked McGrath for stiff competition, saying it made him a better leader and better Congressman. For her part, McGrath promised to remain an active voice in Kentucky.

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Her party recaptured the House Tuesday and Pelosi plans to seek another term as speaker of the House. But Democrats will need to bridge the demands of progressives and moderates.

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In an extraordinarily combative news conference Wednesday after voters delivered him a rebuke by giving control of the House to Democrats, President Trump went after Republicans, Democrats and the media.

He mocked Republican candidates who distanced themselves from him, chided a reporter for asking a "racist question" and walked away from the lectern at one point, as an aide tried to wrest a microphone out of a reporter's hands.

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Democratic challenger Stephanie Summerow Dumas won the race for Hamilton County commission by about 9,000 votes in Tuesday's election. Her victory means Democrats hold all three seats of the commission for the first time. It's also the first time there have been two women on the board. And Dumas says she is the first African-American woman to be elected commissioner in Ohio.

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It was supposed to be one of the closest U.S. House races in the country but, in the end, veteran Republican congressman Steve Chabot won a relatively easy victory over Democrat Aftab Pureval in Ohio's 1st Congressional District.

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Voters in the city of Cincinnati had six city charter amendments to decide on Nov. 6 – all of them placed on the ballot by a majority of city council. Here's what voters decided:

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk whose refusal to sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples grabbed national headlines in 2015, has lost her bid for re-election to the Rowan County clerkship. The Republican lost to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr., 54 percent to 46 percent.

With all 19 precincts reporting, preliminary results show Caudill earned 4,210 votes to Davis' 3,566.

With the polls closed across the state, the midterm election results are trickling in.

Among the first statewide contests to be decided is the race for Ohio’s United States Senate seat. 

Democratic two-term incumbent Sherrod Brown has won against GOP fourth-term Congressman Jim Renacci by a double-digit margin of around 14 points.

Renacci had campaigned with the support of President Donald Trump.

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