OSMAPAC-Endorsed Candidates Dominate State Election Results


The votes are in! After a whirlwind midterm elections day, millions of Ohio voters have made their voices heard. Overall, the candidates endorsed by the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) prevailed in the majority of races for various statewide offices. Read on for a review of what happened and how the OSMAPAC’s endorsed candidates fared in this week’s 2018 midterm elections. Stay tuned for updates as the Ohio Legislature moves into lame duck!

OSMAPAC-Endorsed DeWine and Husted Elected Ohio Governor & Lieutenant Governor 

Ohio’s gubernatorial race was being watched carefully nationwide as Democratic candidate Richard Cordray took on the state’s current attorney general and the Republican candidate, Mike DeWine. 
Early votes gave Cordray a clear lead, but that margin narrowed as counting continued into Tuesday night, with DeWine and his running mate Jon Husted ultimately emerging as the victors. DeWine and Husted captured about 51% of the vote according to final and unofficial tallies, compared to the 46% garnered by Cordray and his running mate, Betty Sutton. 

Two Democrats Elected to Ohio Supreme Court 

Both Democratic candidates for Ohio Supreme Court won their races, a result that contrasts the results of many of the state’s other key statewide races. Judges Melody Stewart and Michael Donnelly will join the bench as the high court’s only Democrats, having edged out Republican candidates Judge Craig Baldwin and Justice Mary DeGenaro. Judge Stewart is the first black woman to be elected to the Ohio Supreme Court with 52% of the vote.

Although the OSMAPAC’s endorsed candidates, Judge Baldwin and Justice DeGenaro, were not victorious in these statewide elections, the OSMAPAC thanks them for their service to the state. Additionally, the OSMAPAC looks forward to working with Judges Donnelly and Stewart.

All OSMAPAC Endorsees Elected & No “Flips” in Ohio Congressional Races 

Despite nationwide results which flipped the U.S. House to Democratic control, in Ohio, Democratic and Republican incumbent candidates alike were re-elected and Democratic candidates failed to flip any of the state’s U.S. House seats. Notably, Representative Troy Balderson garnered a repeat victory over challenger Danny O’Connor in Ohio’s 12th congressional district with about 52% of the vote to O’Connor’s 47%. 

All of the OSMAPAC’s endorsed candidates for U.S. House were elected. 

The complete U.S. House results:
(*indicates an OSMAPAC endorsed candidate)

District 1 – Steve Chabot (R)*
District 2 – Brad Wenstrup (R)*
District 3 – Joyce Beatty (D)*
District 4 – Jim Jordan (R)
District 5 – Bob Latta (R)*
District 6 – Bill Johnson (R)*
District 7 – Bob Gibbs (R)*
District 8 – Warren Davidson (R)*
District 9 – Marcy Kaptur (D)*
District 10 – Mike Turner (R)*
District 11 – Marcia Fudge (D)*
District 12 – Troy Balderson (R)*
District 13 – Tim Ryan (D)*
District 14 – Dave Joyce (R)*
District 15 – Steve Stivers (R)*
District 16 – Anthony Gonzalez (R)*

OSMAPAC-Endorsed Incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Re-Elected 

The results of the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio were projected early into the night on Tuesday with incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown besting Republican opponent Jim Renacci. Senator Brown maintained the support of Ohio voters even as Republicans retained key executive offices and as Republicans picked up several seats overall in the U.S. Senate. 

With Democrats poised to control the House and Republicans strengthening their Senate majority, there is now a split in the federal government’s legislative branch. 

State Issue 1 is a Resounding “No” from Ohio Voters

Voters struck down State Issue 1, a state constitutional amendment regarding criminal sentencing reform in Ohio, by a whopping 63.4% to 36.6%.
The OSMA did not take a position on the ballot issue. Looking to the future, numerous entities seem to agree that while Issue 1 was not the right approach, addiction treatment programs and rehabilitation are favored to conviction and incarceration. It is expected that this topic will continue to be discussed by supporters and opponents of Issue 1 alike, and that interested parties will work toward additional reform by legislative means. 

Democrats Gain Some Ground in Ohio House, Lose One Senate Seat to Republican Majority 

Going into elections for the Ohio Senate and Ohio House, Republicans sat at a significant supermajority in both chambers of the Ohio Legislature. While the Democrats were able to gain several seats in the Ohio House for the first time since it gained control in the elections of the 128th General Assembly, the loss of one Senate seat reduced their net gain. The Republican Party picked up a seat in District 33, and the race for District 3 may be subject to a recount due to the razor-thin margin by which Republican candidate Anne Gonzales appears to have won. Republicans will oversee the State Apportionment Board responsible for redistricting following the 2020 Census; however, they will need minority party support for any new district map drawn.

The majority of OSMAPAC-endorsed Ohio House candidates were chosen by Ohio voters as the victors in their respective races. All but one of the OSMAPAC’s endorsed Ohio Senate candidates also prevailed. Additionally, two physicians were among the legislative victors: Dr. Steve Huffman in Senate District 5, and Dr. Beth Liston in House District 21. 

Now that the election has passed, the current general assembly will head straight into the lame duck session. 

Ohio Senate – Complete Results:

District 1 – Rob McColley (R)*
District 3 – Anne Gonzales (R) Possible recount
District 5 – Steve Huffman (R)*
District 7 – Steve Wilson (R)*
District 9 – Cecil Thomas (D)*
District 11 – Teresa Fedor (D)
District 13 – Nathan Manning (R)*
District 15 – Hearcel Craig (D)*
District 17 – Bob Peterson (R)*
District 19 – Andrew Brenner (R)
District 21 – Sandra Williams (D)
District 23 – Nickie Antonio (D)*
District 25 – Kenny Yuko (D)*
District 27 – Kristina Roegner (R)*
District 29 – Kirk Schuring (R)*
District 31 – Jay Hottinger (R)*
District 33 – Michael Rulli (R)

Ohio House – Complete Results:

District 1 – Scott Wiggam (R)*
District 2 – Mark Romanchuk (R)*
District 3 – Theresa Gavarone (R)
District 4 – Robert Cupp (R)*
District 5 – Tim Ginter (R)*
District 6 – Phil Robinson (D)
District 7 – Tom Patton (R)*
District 8 – Kent Smith (D)
District 9 – Janine Boyd (D) 
District 10 – Terrence Upchurch (D)
District 11 – Stephanie Howse (D)
District 12 – Juanita Brent (D)
District 13 – Michael Skindell (D)
District 14 – Martin Sweeney (D)
District 15 – Jeff Crossman (D)
District 16 – Dave Greenspan (R)*
District 17 – Adam Miller (D)*
District 18 – Kristin Boggs (D)*
District 19 – Mary Lightbody (D)
District 20 – Richard Brown (D)
District 21 – Beth Liston (D)* 
District 22 – David Leland (D)*
District 23 – Laura Lanese (R)
District 24 – Allison Russo (D)
District 25 – Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D)
District 26 – Erica Crawley (D)*
District 27 – Thomas Brinkman, Jr. (R)
District 28 – Jonathan Dever (R)
District 29 – Louis Blessing (R)*
District 30 – Bill Seitz (R)*
District 31 – Brigid Kelly (D)*
District 32 – Catherine Ingram (D)*
District 33 – Sedrick Denson (D)
District 34 – Emilia Strong Sykes (D)
District 35 – Tavia Galonski (D)
District 36 – Anthony DeVitis (R)
District 37 – Casey Weinstein (D)
District 38 – Bill Roemer (R)*
District 39 – Fred Strahorn (D)*
District 40 – Phil Plummer (R)*
District 41 – Jim Butler (R)
District 42 – Niraj Antani (R)*
District 43 – J. Todd Smith (R)
District 44 – Paula Hicks-Hudson (D)
District 45 – Lisa Sobecki (D)
District 46 – Michael Sheehy (D)*
District 47 – Derek Merrin (R)*
District 48 – Scott Oelslager (R)*
District 49 – Thomas West (D)*
District 50 – Reggie Stoltzfus (R)
District 51 – Sara Carruthers (R)*
District 52 – George Lang (R)
District 53 – Candice Keller (R)
District 54 – Paul Zeltwanger (R) 
District 55 – Gayle Manning (R)*
District 56 – Joe Miller (D)*
District 57 – Dick Stein (R)
District 58 – Michele Lepore-Hagan (D)*
District 59 – Don Manning (R)
District 60 – John Rogers (D)*
District 61 – Jamie Callender (R)
District 62 – Scott Lipps (R)*
District 63 – Glenn Holmes (D)
District 64 – Michael O’Brien (D)
District 65 – John Becker (R)*
District 66 – Doug Green (R)*
District 67 – Kris Jordan (R)
District 68 – Rick Carfagna (R)*
District 69 – Steve Hambley (R)*
District 70 – Darrell Kick (R)*
District 71 – Scott Ryan (R)*
District 72 – Larry Householder (R)*
District 73 – Rick Perales (R)*
District 74 – Bill Dean (R)
District 75 – Randi Clites (D)*
District 76 – Sarah LaTourette (R)*
District 77 – Tim Schaffer (R)*
District 78 – Ron Hood (R)
District 79 – Kyle Koehler (R)*
District 80 – Jena Powell (R)
District 81 – James Hoops (R)*
District 82 – Craig Riedel (R)
District 83 – Jon Cross (R)
District 84 – Susan Manchester (R)*
District 85 – Nino Vitale (R)
District 86 – Tracy Richardson (R)*
District 87 – Riordan McClain (R)*
District 88 – Bill Reineke (R)*
District 89 – Steve Arndt (R)*
District 90 – Brian Baldridge (R)*
District 91 – Shane Wilkin (R)
District 92 – Gary Scherer (R)*
District 93 – Ryan Smith (R)*
District 94 – Jay Edwards (R)*
District 95 – Don Jones (R)
District 96 – Jack Cera (D)*
District 97 – Brian Hill (R)*
District 98 – Brett Hillyer (R)


(*indicates an OSMAPAC endorsed candidate)