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Republican Michele Reynolds has defeated incumbent Democrat Tina Maharath for the District 3 Ohio Senate seat despite news of her use of the derogatory term “Jew you down” in her 2014 book surfacing before the election. Howie Beigelman, executive director of Ohio Jewish Communities in Columbus, and

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Longtime Ohio Republican Steve Chabot has lost his bid for a 14th term in Congress while Democrat Marcy Kaptur won another term in the U.S. House. Kaptur is the longest-serving woman in House history but she faced a tough election this year in a redrawn congressional district. The two victories for Democrats on Tuesday were rare bright spots in Ohio’s mid-term elections that saw them suffer defeats in all statewide races. Republicans will retain a majority of Ohio’s congressional seats. Jim Jordan, one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress, won a ninth term.

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Republicans have maintained their veto-proof majority in both chambers of the Ohio Legislature for the next session, while Democrats will add Ohio’s first two Somali American state lawmakers. All 99 House seats and 17 of the 33 Senate seats were up for election Tuesday. The GOP needs 60 seats in the House and 20 in the Senate to override a governor’s veto of a bill, assuming a vote along party lines. Republicans cleared those thresholds as vote tallying continued in some races. The next session is expected to include debate about a state budget and possible additional restrictions on abortion in the state.

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“Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance has defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio. The 38-year-old Vance, a newcomer to politics, benefited from a last-minute push by former Republican President Donald Trump, who had endorsed him. Tuesday's victory was a blow to Democrats, who viewed Ryan’s well-executed, well-funded campaign as one of their best chances nationally for a Senate pick-up. The seat is currently held by moderate Republican Rob Portman, who said he’s retiring due to Washington dysfunction. Vance successfully linked Ryan to the national economic climate he blamed on President Joe Biden.

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Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has won a second term in Tuesday’s race for the state’s chief executive slot against challenger Nan Whaley, a Democrat, who had hoped to regain a seat last won by her party 16 years ago. DeWine won a surprisingly tight three-way primary in May as conservatives angered by his efforts to slow COVID-19 sought to unseat him. Whaley handily defeated former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in her primary. DeWine and Whaley bonded over the 2019 mass shooting that killed nine in Dayton. But Whaley had increasingly criticized the governor for his failure to pass stronger gun laws and for his anti-abortion stance.

Ohio Republicans will seek to retain their hold on every branch of state government this Election Day, as Democrats look to a competitive U.S. Senate race as a possible pickup. The top race has Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan facing Republican “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance for retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s seat. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine is going for a second term against Democrat Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton. And voters will be asked whether to prohibit noncitizen voting and whether judges should be required to consider a criminal suspect’s threat to public safety when setting bail.

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Republicans in Ohio are promoting a ballot measure that would prohibit noncitizens from voting in local elections, fighting what they see as a push for such access in liberal enclaves such as San Francisco and New York City. The issue could motivate turnout among GOP voters in high-stakes midterm elections in a state with a close race for U.S. Senate. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose is championing State Issue 2. He says voting is the ultimate privilege of citizenship. Legal immigrants who have rallied for voting rights in other cities argue they are taxpayers who should have a say in civic affairs.

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