I’ll be rounding up other election-related news throughout this afternoon.
Michele Bachmann survived in her Minnesota congressional race. I didn’t think she would.
For those who didn’t realize it, Paul Ryan will be back in Congress.
Republicans prevailed in both of Ohio’s contested congressional races. Bill Johnson defeated Charlie Wilson in OH-06, while Jim Renacci bested Betty Sutton in OH-15. The R-D balance in Ohio’s congressional delegation is 12-4.
In the Ohio House, the R-D balance appears to be 58-41 (I may be off by one). Only three of the races (2 with R winners, one with a D winner) appear to involve possible recounts. Republicans prevailed in 15 of 18 contested State Senate races (16 regular and two for unexpired terms); I don’t know what that does to the Statehouse balance.
In an Ohio Supreme Court race, Ted Strickland’s attempt to create a sinecure for Yvette McGee Brown, his Lt. Governor running mate in 2010, failed, as she was defeated by Sharon Kennedy.
In the City of Cincinnati, a referendum to give City Councilpersons four-year terms with no recall provision instead of the current two appears to have passed, barring an unforeseen turnaround in remaining overseas and provisional ballots. Former councilpersons from both parties strongly opposed the change. City government is now far less accountable. This is not good. Cincinnati’s slide as a city will likely continue.