OHIO VALLEY — Incumbents are projected to retain their seats for State Representative, U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, while voters rejected Issue 1.
As reported in the adjacent page one story, State Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) is the projected winner to represent the 93rd District after facing a challenge from Samantha Thomas-Bush (D-Proctorville).
At press time, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is projected to be the next Ohio Governor according to Election Night projections by media outlets. DeWine, a Republican, and Democrat Richard Cordray were running for Governor as John Kasich was not eligible for another term. With 8,187 of the state’s 8,904 precincts reporting, DeWine had received more than 2 million votes, 51.34 percent. Cordray received 45.76 percent of the vote. It was a rematch of the 2010 election when DeWine narrowly ousted Cordray to become attorney general.
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) is also projected to retain his seat to represent the 6th congressional district. As of 10:30 p.m. on Election Night, Johnson held a 69.32 percent to 30.68 percent advantage over Democratic challenger Shawna Roberts.
Sherrod Brown, first elected to an Ohio office in 1974, defeated fourth-term U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.
Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to make possession of all types of drugs misdemeanors. Issue 1 was presented as an effort to reduce the state prison population and divert savings to drug treatment. Most judicial and law enforcement groups opposed the measure. DeWine opposed it and Cordray supported it.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says more than 1.3 million people voted ahead of Tuesday’s election, far outpacing the number of votes cast early statewide four years ago. Officials say that through Monday, nearly 885,000 absentee ballots had been received by mail statewide and that 430,000 people voted early in person. That compares with around 719,000 people mailing in ballots in 2014 and 146,000 people voting early in person, for a total of about 865,000.
Around 8 million Ohioans are registered to vote.
Sam Rossi, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, said there had been no major problems reported in the state. Likewise, no problems were reported by Meigs County officials.
Ohioans were deciding another four down-ticket races, two Supreme Court seats, and dozens of state legislative races. Results of those races will appear in the Thursday edition of The Gallipolis Daily Tribune.
The Associated Press, Sentinel Managing Editor Sarah Hawley and Ohio Valley Publishing Editor Beth Sergent contributed to this report.