2012 Election Recap
The results of the 2012 election are in. Below is a quick recap of the results in Ohio.
Ohio Supreme Court
|Yvette McGee Brown||42.73%|
Three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court were up for election on Tuesday. In this race, Ohio ACEP was proud to support three outstanding candidates: Justice Terrence O’Donnell, Justice Robert Cupp and Judge Sharon Kennedy.
Justice Terrence O’Donnell easily held off his challenger Michael Skindell, winning another term on the Ohio Supreme Court.
In a hard-fought race, Justice Robert Cupp was bested by challenger William O’Neill.
Judge Sharon Kennedy defeated incumbent Justice Yvette McGee Brown, a Governor Strickland appointee to the Court.
Republicans maintain majorities in Ohio House, Senate
In the 130th General Assembly, the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate will continue under GOP leadership.
On Election Day, all incumbent Ohio Senators—both Republicans and Democrats—were re-elected. The Republicans maintain their 23-10 majority in the Senate.
In the Ohio House, Republicans managed to expand their majority to 60-39. Though two incumbent Republicans were defeated by Democrats, the GOP was able to win enough open seats to keep and strengthen its hold on the House.
Congress and US Senate Races Favor Incumbents
In Ohio Congressional races, all incumbents were re-elected except Congresswomen Betty Sutton. The Democrat’s Northern Ohio district was combined with that of Congressman Jim Renacci during the redistricting process that followed the 2010 Census. In this “battle of incumbents” Congressman Renacci prevailed.
Brad Wenstrup, who defeated Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in the GOP primary, went on to win the race and keep his Cincinnati-area congressional district in the Republican column.
In Columbus’ new 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Joyce Beatty won the race with 67.78% of the vote.
In an expensive and hotly-contested race, US Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, defeated his Republican challenger Josh Mandel. An estimated $30 million was spent on this high-priority US Senate Race.
Statewide Constitutional Amendments
On Election Day, Ohioans voted down two statewide constitutional amendments. State Issue 1 would have authorized a state constitutional convention. There was no organized support for the amendment, but it is required to appear on Ohio’s ballot every 20 years.
State Issue 2 would have created a new redistricting commission to draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts. Though the amendment failed handily, the conversation on reforming Ohio’s redistricting process is expected to continue.