Though I said in my prior post that I still wouldn’t be happy though Republicans were projected to do well in Congressional races, I have to say, looking through election results, I’m not sad either. Their are many reasons to smile.
The candidates I endorsed did reasonably well.
In Cuyahoga County, with the new form of government, the Republican didn’t win the county executive race. Plus, of the 11 county council winners, only three are Republicans. I’m not sure if that will put enough distance between the county government and the scandalous rascals who will make every attempt to infiltrate it. On the bright side, having 3 Republicans in county office is a huge improvement over zero (and it’s been zero for a long time).
The last time I checked, the Erie County Auditor race was too close to call. There’s still a chance it could turn out the right way, in favor of Rick Jeffrey.
Unfortunately, Jeff Krabill didn’t win the 80th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He certainly came awfully close, though, as incumbent Dennis Murray didn’t even garner 50% in his successful re-election bid. A Libertarian candidate, though not a winner, clearly influenced the outcome of that race. If the Libertarians didn’t have a candidate on the ballot and it were a two person race, I don’t see how Dennis Murray would have been appealing to a Libertarian. In a two-person race, I think Krabill would definitely have been the one who captured more than 50% of the vote. Krabill can take solace in 3 facts: 1) He retains his seat on the Sandusky school board; 2) It took BOTH a Democrat AND a Libertarian to defeat him, as the Democrat couldn’t have done it alone; and 3) as a result of the 2010 Census and other Republican election victories, there may be a redesigned district, perhaps a more favorable one, for Krabill to run in if he chooses to take another shot at state rep in 2012.
In another race contested by more than two candidates where the winner captured less than 50% of the vote, the outcome was much more to my liking. There was a four-way race for Lorain County Commissioner, and Joe Koziura came out on the short end of the stick. 😀 Republican Tom Williams is the new county commissioner. Starting in January, Lorain County taxpayers will finally have an advocate working on their behalf in county offices.
Skip Lewandowski didn’t win his state rep race in the 56th District, and he would have been an excellent state rep. Rae Lynn Brady didn’t win in the 57th, either. On the upside, Terry Boose easily won re-election in the 58th District, Rex Damschroder prevailed in the 81st District, and the GOP recaptured the Ohio House of Representatives.
In the 13th state senate district, Gayle Manning won.
Kathleen McGervey won her election to the state school board.
The Kasich/Taylor ticket uprooted Ted Strickland from the governor’s office.
David Yost won for Ohio Auditor and Josh Mandel for Ohio Treasurer.
The GOP will lead the reapportionment process for designing new legislative district boundaries based on the new 2010 Census figures.
Maureen O’Connor and Judith Lanzinger won races for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Bob Latta won re-election. Peter Corrigan, Rich Iott, and Tom Ganley did not win, but 5 Ohio Democrat U.S. Representative incumbents (Mary Jo Kilroy, Steve Driehaus, John Boccieri, Zack Space, and Charlie Wilson) were defeated by Republican challengers, so, in January, the Ohio delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives will include 13 Republicans and 5 Democrats. As expected, the GOP, nationwide, picked up more than 60 House seats.
Rob Portman won the race for U.S. Senate, and the GOP made nationwide gains there, with at least a net gain of six Senate seats since the special election in Massachusetts that sent Scott Brown to Washington DC.
There you have it. Lots to smile about this time around.