CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Republicans are pledging to show that the swing state is still Trump country.
Primary voters on Tuesday picked a President Donald Trump-backed congressman to be the GOP nominee against second-term Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. Voters also set up rematch between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, who was unseated as attorney general by DeWine in 2010, in race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich.
Trump scored a decisive victory in Ohio over Hillary Clinton in 2016, after Democrat Barack Obama carried the state twice.
“Ohio is a Trump state,” U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci told supporters Tuesday night. “Ohio is going to move forward with the Trump agenda, and Ohio is going to get anybody who is an obstacle, including Sen. Brown, out of the way.”
Renacci urged Republicans to unite after a five-way primary that saw investment banker Mike Gibbons sue Renacci for allegedly defamatory campaign statements including that Gibbons was anti-Trump. Gibbons raised funds for Trump’s presidential campaign.
Brown, unopposed on Tuesday, has long been tough on trade, and he praised Trump’s moves this year to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. His career in Ohio politics spans more than four decades.
DeWine also emerged from a hard-hitting primary campaign in which Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor called him a “phony conservative” and he called her unqualified.
Cordray, a former consumer watchdog appointed by Obama, won the Democratic nomination after an unusually tough fight by former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who ran to his left on an anti-gun, pro-environment platform. Cordray was backed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a frequent Trump target.
Ohioans also overwhelmingly approved Issue 1 to bring reform to congressional redistricting.
The new rules, which will take effect with 2021 maps, were modeled after new map-making rules for Ohio legislative districts that Ohio voters strongly supported in 2016. Issue 1 won 75 percent of the statewide vote.
Aimed at curbing partisan gerrymandering, the rules will limit how counties are split into multiple districts and require more support from the minority party to put a 10-year map in place. If lawmakers can’t agree, an existing bipartisan commission will take over. If that fails, the majority party can pass a shorter-term map.
Four-term Republican state Rep. Robert Sprague, of Findlay, won the GOP primary for state treasurer over former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O’Brien. He and former University of Cincinnati board chairman Rob Richardson Jr., a Democrat, will face off in November for the seat held by term-limited GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor won a crowded Democratic primary for the central Ohio congressional seat formerly held by Republican Pat Tiberi, while state Sen. Troy Balderson won the crowded Republican primary.
Several incumbent congressmen who faced competitive GOP primaries all won.
Former Ohio State University football star Anthony Gonzalez won the Republican nomination to succeed Renacci in Ohio’s U.S. House District 16 in a three-way primary where state Rep. Christina Hagan aligned herself closely with Trump’s agenda. Gonzalez agrees on such Trump positions as building a border wall. He will face medical sales businesswoman Susan Moran Palmer, who won the six-candidate Democratic primary.
In central Ohio, political newcomer Rick Neal, a former international relief worker backed by Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers.
Carr Smyth reported from Columbus.
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DeWine, Husted clinch Republican Nomination
May 8, 2018
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted Clinch Republican Nomination
COLUMBUS – Tonight, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted decisively clinched the Republican nomination for Governor and Lt. Governor. Fox News officially called the race less than an hour after the polls closed at 7:30 PM.
Delivering remarks to a packed venue in Franklinton, both DeWine and Husted thanked the crowd for their support but stressed that much more work remained ahead before November.
Flanked by his family, Jon Husted spoke to those who are struggling in Ohio:
“And for those who are out there struggling to get ahead: We will shine the light of hope and opportunity and lead the way toward a more prosperous future for all,” Husted said.
Concluding the evening, Mike DeWine looked forward to the general election:
“My promise to you today is that as the Governor of the State of Ohio, I not waste a day! There will be a sense of urgency in everything I do! I have prepared my whole life for this job, and when Jon Husted and I walk into the Governor’s office on January 14th, we will be ready to go!”
All precincts are now reporting and the unofficial results show 1,660,059 ballots cast with 20.9% turnout. The 2018 Primary Election’s unofficial results are available at https://Vote.Ohio.gov/.
Additionally, county boards of elections reported that 12,564 provisional ballots were cast. State law does not allow these ballots to be counted until 10 days after the election. Voters who cast a provisional ballot because they were not able to provide proper ID at the polls may return to their county board of elections within seven days of Election Day to provide an accepted form of ID to have their ballot counted.
A county-by-county breakdown of outstanding absentee ballots, provisional ballots cast and overall ballots cast is available by going to the unofficial results website, https://Vote.Ohio.gov/, and clicking on the “Ballots Cast” tab.
Sprague Wins GOP Primary for Treasurer of State
May 8, 2018
FINDLAY – State Representative Robert Sprague claimed victory tonight in the Republican Primary for Treasurer of State, defeating Sandra O’Brien 57.20% to 42.80% with 84.65% precincts reporting statewide.
“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the Republicans who put their trust and confidence in me to be our Party’s candidate for Treasurer in November,” said Robert Sprague. “I am fully committed to continuing to run a campaign that people can be proud to support and to serving as Treasurer of State with the integrity that Ohioans deserve.”
A first-time candidate for statewide office, Robert Sprague faced a significant challenge against an opponent with a strong ballot name whose resume consists of two previous statewide runs, including an upset in the 2006 Republican Primary for Treasurer.
“Nearly every primary poll had Robert trailing throughout the course of this race behind a well-recognized candidate in Sandra O’Brien,” said campaign manager Jody Foltyn. “Being the underdog only fueled Robert’s enthusiasm to get out, work hard and leave nothing to chance on Election Day. That’s why we are here tonight celebrating Robert’s come-from- behind victory and we are all ready to keep this momentum going through to the General.”
Robert Sprague spent over two years earning the support of Ohio Republicans through countless hours of personal conversations and headed into the primary with the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party, 20 County Republican Parties and numerous other local and statewide conservative organizations.
“Robert Sprague’s victory tonight is shared with the amazing volunteers and Team Sprague supporters who helped us make phone calls, knock on doors, hosted meet and greets and spread the word to their friends and family that Robert Sprague deserved their vote,” said Political Director Zach Crawford. “This was a team effort and we are very appreciative of everyone’s hard work.”
Campaigning on a message of keeping Ohioans tax dollars safe as Treasurer, Robert Sprague highlighted his vast private and public sector finance experience as well as his innovative plans to address Ohio’s most pressing problems.
“I decided to run for Treasurer because I knew that I not only had the ability to execute the core financial and investment duties of the office, but the passion and determination to do so much more,” said Robert Sprague. “Today is just the first step towards fulfilling my vision of transforming the office of the Treasurer into a tool to tackle some of our state’s greatest challenges and to making a meaningful difference in the lives of Ohioans.”
American Federation of Teachers Congratulates Members and Retirees on Election Day Victories
WASHINGTON—Several candidates from the AFT’s member and retiree ranks won their primaries for state House and Senate seats yesterday in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. A record number of AFT members and retirees are running for office nationwide in 2018, with more than 100 candidates in over 20 states adding their names to the ballot.
AFT President Randi Weingarten said: “We’re seeing a record number of union members step up, run and now win in primaries and general elections. They’re engaged in their profession and communities, they’re participating in the political process, and they’re using their voice—and their union’s—to ensure the concerns of everyday working people are heard. Who better to fight for quality healthcare, great public schools, living wages, and the needs of our students and our communities, than the people who are on the ground, living those experiences every day?”
AFT-West Virginia President Christine Campbell said: “We’re thrilled that so many of our endorsed candidates—our own members—will be on the ballot come November. Our walkout earlier this year proved just how formidable we can be when the future of public education is on the line.”
Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper said: “With several big races up and down the ballot in Ohio, we’re proud that AFT members are getting out and getting heard. It’s a critical year to fight back against the politics of disinvestment, division and disenfranchisement, and we’re looking forward to seeing our members win.”
AFT Indiana President GlenEva Dunham said: “Election Day looms large in Indiana this year, with several key issues facing working people around our state. Two members won their primaries yesterday and will be running to represent us in the state House of Representatives, where we need allies for students, public schools and teachers now more than ever.”
DeWine Husted for Ohio
Here is a brief recap of the week that saw Mike DeWine and Jon Husted become the Republican nominees for Governor and Lt. Governor. Thanks to everyone who helped us get here!
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted win the Republican Primary
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted overwhelmingly clenched the Republican nomination for Governor and Lt. Governor on Tuesday. Not only did Mike DeWine energize the conservative base, bringing nearly 150,000 more Republicans to the polls than Democrats, the DeWine Husted ticket earned more votes than any other ticket on the ballot!
The DeWine Husted Team ready to Lead GOP to Victory in 2018
Mike DeWine and Jon Husted were all over the state in the days leading up to the Primary Election on Tuesday. Their 17-city Get-Out-the-Vote tour took them to Blue Ash, Bowling Green, Chardon, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Delaware, Findlay, Fremont, Hanoverton, Lima, Montpelier, Strongsville, Swanton, West Chester, Westerville, and ended in Yellow Springs at Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Their message was for a brighter future for every Ohioan with a focus on job creation, education and workforce development, and fighting the opioid epidemic.
Grassroots support was massive for the DeWine Husted Campaign
The DeWine Husted campaign boasted impressive numbers in their grassroots efforts to contact voters across the state. In total, our team made over 770,000 calls and knocked on 165,000 doors. The pinnacle of the grassroots movement was the #88on28 Super Saturday where volunteers in every one of Ohio’s 88 counties were knocking doors or making calls on April 28th to voters to talk about Mike DeWine and Jon Husted.
DeWine-Husted Raises Over $1 Million in 72 Hours, Republican Donors Unite Behind GOP Slate
Monday, May 14th, 2018
COLUMBUS– The DeWine-Husted campaign today announced it raised over $1 million in the 72-hour period following Mike DeWine and Jon Husted’s victory in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election.
The contributions range from $5.00 to the maximum $12,707.79 allowed by law.
“While Democrats take a break from their bruising primary, Republicans across Ohio are united behind Mike DeWine and Jon Husted as the leaders of our party going forward,” said Joshua Eck, spokesman for DeWine-Husted for Ohio.
By comparison, the $1 million raised between May 9th and May 11th by the DeWine-Husted campaign rivals the $1.3 million raised by Democrat Richard Cordray during the entire Pre-Primary Reporting Period and bests the Pre-Primary Report of every other statewide candidate.
A full list of contributions will be disclosed on the Post-Primary Campaign Finance Report on June 15, 2018.
Attorney General DeWine Presents Victim Assistance Awards
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recognized several victim advocates from Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus for their dedication to supporting victims of crime throughout Ohio.
The awards were presented during this year’s Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance in Columbus.
“I am honored to present these awards in recognition of the tremendous work underway in Ohio to support victims of crime and their families,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Today’s award winners have shown dedication to helping crime victims in their time of need.”
2018 Promising Practice Award: Homicide Survivors Youth Initiative ● Cincinnati Police Department
The Homicide Survivors Youth Initiative Pilot was established by the Cincinnati Police Department’s Victims Assistance Liaison Unit/Cincinnati Citizens Respect Our Witnesses (VALU/CCROW) Program to meet the social and emotional needs of children who have witnessed a homicide or have been exposed to other community violence. The program helps youths recognize and cope with their feelings of grief and loss around the issues of homicide and community violence; creates an evidence-based treatment regimen for children in order to address their social and emotional well-being after witnessing a homicide or being the victim of gun violence; and creates a long-term support system for the children.
2018 Robert Denton Special Achievement Award: Teresa Stafford ● Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Teresa M. Stafford, senior director of victim services and outreach at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, has been on the forefront of educating about and advocating for crime victims’ rights for almost 25 years. She created the victim-witness program at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and served as the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator. While working as the coordinator, she enhanced SART’s response in the county by strengthening collaboration among groups that engage with survivors, organized the annual SART conference, and increased advocacy response to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) units.
2018 Special Courage Award: Hope Dudley ● UCanSpeakForME Inc.
Hope Dudley has worked tirelessly to bring attention to unsolved homicides since her son Daniel “Chaz” Dudley was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2007 in Cincinnati. Dudley started UCanSpeakForMe Inc. in 2009. The nonprofit assistance program is designed to educate victims and their families about the criminal justice system, promote an anti-violence message, and encourage cooperation between victims and the court system. The organization holds monthly support meetings for grieving families and participates in community outreach activities.
2018 AGvocate Award: Shawn Moser ● Ohio Attorney General’s Office
As a lead investigator in the Crime Victim Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Shawn Moser processes the most complicated claims received by the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program. He aids family members of homicide victims to obtain reimbursements for funeral expenses and compensation for dependents; assists law enforcement officers who have been injured in the line of duty; and works with victims who have been severely injured in drunken driving, hit-and-run, and similar incidents, and who are in need of assistance paying medical bills or covering lost wages.