Ohio Supreme Court: Two republican incumbents, Justices Sharron Kennedy and Judi French, sought reelection to the state’s highest court. Republican incumbent Sharron Kennedy defeated her Democrat challenger John O’Donnell, scoring 55% of the total votes cast. Republican incumbent Judi French lost her reelection bid to democrat challenger Jennifer Brunner. Following this election, the Ohio Supreme Court will lean 4-3 in favor of the GOP.
Statehouse: House Republicans were able to flip four Democratic seats on election night, while Democrats picked up one Cuyahoga County race. Senate Republicans picked off their top target in Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta). However, central Ohio’s hotly contested 16th Senate race is still too close to call and headed to an automatic recount. Given unofficial results at this time, the new makeup of the General Assembly is:
House: 65(R) - 34(D)
Senate: 24(R) - 8(D)
Notable races of the Ohio General Assembly:
6th Senate District: Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) defeated Democrat Mark Fogel. Antani spent three terms in the Ohio House before running for the Senate. Antani will replace Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering).
16th Senate District*: The race between incumbent Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Democrat Crystal Lett is too close to call. At this time, Kunze holds a 41 vote lead over Lett.
18th Senate District: Republican Jerry Cirino defeated Democrat Betsy Rader, succeeding term-limited Sen. John Eklund (R-Chardon). Cirino is a retired health care executive, having worked as CEO of both Reichert Technologies and SourceOne Healthcare Technologies; he was also a Lake County commissioner.
24th Senate District: Republican incumbent Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) defeated Democrat Tom Jackson. Dolan chaired the Senate Finance Committee during the 133rd General Assembly, and during his previous three terms in the Ohio House, he chaired the House Finance Committee and we expect him to continue in this position in the next General Assembly.
32nd Senate District: Incumbent Sean O'Brien (D-Bazetta) lost his seat to Republican challenger Sandra O'Brien. Sean O'Brien served as Minority Whip in the Senate in the 133rd General Assembly. Sandra O'Brien ran on her experience as an educator and as Ashtabula County Auditor.
7th House District: Incumbent Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) defended his seat against Democratic challenger Joan Sweeny.
16th House District: Incumbent Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) lost to Democrat Monique Smith in the 16th House District. Greenspan chaired the House Finance Transportation Subcommittee during the 133rd General Assembly. Smith is a former Lakewood city councilwoman.
23rd House District: Incumbent Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) defeated her seat against challenger Nancy Day-Achauer to win the 23rd House District. Lanese serves as Assistant Majority Whip in the House.
28th House District: Jessica Miranda (D-Cincinnati) defeated Chris Monzel (R) in the 28th House District. In 2018, Miranda won her seat, defeating incumbent Johnathan Dever by only 56 votes.
63th House District: Incumbent Gil Blair (D-Mineral Ridge) was defeated by Republican Mike Loychik in Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties.
64th House District: Incumbent Michael O'Brien (D-Warren) survived a strong challenge by Martha Yoder in Trumbull County.
75th House District: Incumbent Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) lost to Gail Pavliga (R) in Portage County.
89th Ohio House District: Incumbent D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) held his seat, beating Alexis Miller (D) in Erie and Ottawa Counties.
99th House District: Republican Sarah Fowler Arthur defeated Richard Dana (D) Ashtabula County. Fowler Arthur has served as an elected member of the Ohio State Board of Education since 2013. This seat was a pickup for House Republicans.