Republicans enjoyed overwhelming success during the November 8, 2016 general election. Below we provide an overview of the key results at both the state and national levels.
U.S. President: Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. A significant underdog, Trump trailed in the polls with roughly a one in four chance of being elected. In an apparent upset, he defeated Secretary Clinton by securing 306 Electoral votes, eclipsing the 270 needed to become president.
Ohio State Senate: The election saw Ohio maintain its historic supermajority in the Senate, adding yet another seat in favor of Republicans. Republicans now hold 24 of the 33 Senate seats, while Democrats hold only 9. Highly contested races included:
· Senate District 16: Stephanie Kunze (R), State Representative for House District 24, defeated Cathy Johnson (D) with 59% of the vote. Kunze replaced Senator Jim Hughes, who was term limited in the Senate and won election in Kunze’s former House district.
· Senate District 24: Former State Rep. Matt Dolan (R) defeated Emily Hagan (D) with 58% of the vote.
· Senate District 30: Frank Hoagland (R-Adena), a business owner and former Navy SEAL, defeated Incumbent Lou Gentile (D- Steubenville) with 53% of the vote.
Ohio State House of Representatives: Ohio House Republicans gained another seat during the election to add to its supermajority. Republicans now hold 66 of the 99 House seats, with Democrats holding only 33. Highly contested races included:
· House District 3: Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R), who filled the vacant seat in August, defeated Kelly Wicks (D) with 59% of the vote.
· House District 5: Incumbent Tim Ginter (R) defeated John Dyce (D) with 71% of the vote.
· House District 16: Dave Greenspan (R), a Cuyahoga County Councilman, defeated Tommy Greene (D) with 56% of the vote.
· House District 17: Former teacher Adam Miller (D) defeated John Rush (R) with 54% of the vote.
· House District 20: Incumbent Heather Bishoff (D) defeated Lisa Schacht (R) with 53% of the vote.
· House District 28: Incumbent Jonathan Dever (R) defeated Jessica Miranda (D) with 58% of the vote.
· House District 37: Incumbent Kristina Roegner (R) defeated Casey Weinstein (D) with 57% of the vote.
· House District 43: Incumbent Jeff Rezabek (R) defeated David Sparks (D) with 61% of the vote.
· House District 47: Incumbent Derek Merrin (R), recently appointed, defeated Lauri Cooper (D) with 61% of the vote.
· House District 55: Incumbent Nathan Manning (R) defeated Kelly Kraus Menchke (D) with 61% of the vote.
· House District 57: Dick Stein (R) defeated Tom Dunlap (D), Huron County Commissioner, with 62% of the vote.
· House District 79: Incumbent Kyle Koehler (R) defeated Alex Wendt (D) with 61% of the vote.
· House District 89: Incumbent Steven Arndt (R), appointed one year ago, defeated Lawrence Hartlaub (D) with 61% of the vote.
· House District 94: Jay Edwards (R) defeated Sarah Grace (D) with 58% of the vote.
· House District 95: Incumbent Andy Thompson (R) defeated Ginny Favede (D) with 62% of the vote.
Ohio State Board of Education: Seven seats on Ohio’s Board of Education were open in the 2016 election. The races ranged in number of candidates, spanning as many as six candidates in District 6, to a race in District 9 that saw Incumbent Stephanie Dodd run unopposed. The seven races were decided as follows:
· District 1: Linda Haycock (Nonpartisan-Shawnee) defeated Tanyce Addison (D-LaRue); Martha Manchester (R-Waynesville); and Lilli Vitale (R-Urbana), accumulating over 37% of the vote.
· District 5: Lisa Woods (R), co-founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors, defeated Incumbent Roslyn Painter-Goffi (D) with more than 68% of the vote.
· District 6: Antoinette Miranda (D) defeated Adam C. Slane (R - Columbus); Jamie O’Leary of Columbus; Katy Barricklow (R – Lewis Center); Nicholas Baumeyer of Westerville; and Jeff Furr (R - Utica), accumulating 43% of the vote.
· District 8: Incumbent Nancy Hollister (R) defeated Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany); Vickie Briercheck (R-Canton); Craig Brown (D-Salem); and Kathleen Purdy (D-Alliance). Hollister received 27% of the vote, compared to 25% and 23% for Phillips and Brown, respectively.
· District 9: Incumbent Stephanie Dodd (D) won an unopposed race.
· District 10: Nick Owens (R-Georgetown), a Brown County assistant prosecutor, defeated Braydon Bevens (D-Waverly) with 60% of the vote.
· District 11: Meryl Johnson (D) defeated Bill Lavezzi (D-Bedford); Dr. Richard T. Montgomery; and Amy M. Zuren of Eastlake, accumulating 43% of the vote.
- Provided by Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel