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Republicans hold their House of Representatives seats in Ohio but lose ground elsewhere

November 7, 2018

Republicans hold their House of Representatives seats in Ohio but lose ground elsewhere

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats didn’t pick up any congressional seats in Ohio on Tuesday but did well enough elsewhere in the country that it appeared they’d win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, ending the Republican party’s lock on Washington and setting back Donald Trump’s presidential agenda.

“As the results continue to come in from coast to coast, one thing is abundantly clear: voters want change,” said a statement from Niles-area Rep. Tim Ryan, a potential Democratic candidate for House Speaker. “They’ve had enough of the division, hate, and fear-mongering of the last two years, so they elected a Congress that would do something about it.”

Democrats needed to capture 23 GOP-held seats to capture House of Representatives control. By 11:45 p.m., they gained 18 of them and outlets including NBC and FoxNews sayd they won.. Many of the seats in play were in urban or suburban districts that Trump lost in 2016.

Thank you!Read full statement here: https://t.co/dDK8WBRFNS pic.twitter.com/YtKTvUTyPH— Anthony Gonzalez (@anthonygonzalez) November 7, 2018

 

In Ohio’s only open-seat congressional race, former Buckeye and Indianapolis Colt football star Anthony Gonzalez of Westlake, a Republican, easily defeated his Democratic opponent, health care industry executive Susan Moran Palmer, to win the post that Rep. Jim Renacci vacated to run for Senate.

“My promise will never be to be perfect, but to always be honest, accessible, and tireless, in working on behalf of the constituents who I’m now honored to serve,” said a statement from Gonzalez.

All of Ohio’s Democratic House of Representatives members were reelected without difficulty, while many of the state’s GOP incumbents faced tough challenges from well-funded, energized opponents, even though their congressional districts were gerrymandered to favor Republicans. They prevailed, nonetheless.

I voted in Zanesville this morning! Polls are open from 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM. #OH12 pic.twitter.com/wi0bx1l3Q4— Troy Balderson (@Troy_Balderson) November 6, 2018

In the state’s most closely watched House races, Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor lost a rematch with Zanesville Republican Rep. Troy Balderson, who won an August special election for a Columbus-area congressional seat vacated by longtime GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi’s retirement.

Balderson painted O’Connor as too liberal for the district and tried to tie him to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. O’Conoor blasted Balderson for backing last year’s Republican tax bill.

I just got off the phone with Troy Balderson and wished him the best in the next Congress. I am so grateful to my family, my team, and the thousands of volunteers who built our grassroots campaign into a movement in #OH12. Thank you.— Danny O’Connor (@dannyoconnor1) November 7, 2018

 

In the Cincinnati area, GOP Rep. Steve Chabot withstood a stiff challenge from Democratic Franklin County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval, who raised and spent more money than the incumbent. Pureval accused Chabot of voting to gut health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions, while Chabot attacked Pureval as untrustworthy.

In Northeast Ohio, Bainbridge Township GOP Rep. Dave Joyce defeated Russell Township Democratic attorney Betsy Rader. Rader raised almost as much money as Joyce, and criticized him for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act multiple times. Joyce highlighted his efforts to protect Lake Erie, and portrayed himself as independent from Trump.

“Listening and doing what is right has been my driving force,” said a statement from Joyce. “I am looking forward to going back to work representing Northeast Ohio in protecting the Great Lakes, and will continue to focus on growing our jobs and the economy. Truly humbled for the support from everyone across the district.”

Holmes County Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs bested Democrat Ken Harbaugh, a former Navy pilot who headed of a veterans organization that trains and deploys veterans to assist in natural disasters. Harbaugh raised and spent more money than the incumbent.

Gibbs released a statement that congratulated Harbaugh on running a well-funded camaign and wishing him luck “wherever he moves to next.”

“Despite the best efforts of the Democrat coastal elite to buy elections here in the heartland, we stopped them here,” Gibbs’ statement said.

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Champaign County defeated Democrat Janet Garrett, a retired Oberlin teacher making her third run against Jordan. The House Freedom Caucus co-founder plans to run for House Speaker, or Republican leader if Democrats won control.

In addition to stopping Republicans from passing legislation without input from Democrats, a Democratic controlled House of Representatives would be able to issue subpoenas and call hearings on issues likely to embarrass Trump, such as potential financial conflicts.

Before they set a new agenda for Congress, Democrats will have to pick new leaders, and many say they don’t want California’s Nancy Pelosi to keep their top spot.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have also said they want an African American in one of the party’s top slots. Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge has indicated she’d support former Black Caucus chairman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina as Speaker.

Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for House Democratic Leader in 2016 and easily won re-election Tuesday, says he still believes Democrats need a new boss who can “go anywhere” and better communicate the Democratic message in places like the South where Pelosi doesn’t connect well with voters.

He told Fox News that several of his colleagues who represent different demographics are weighing bids and he wants to “be a part of that discussion,” as a person from a blue-collar part of Ohio who talks about bread-and-butter issues like “growth and the economy and opportunity and pensions and health care.”

“Democrats will fight to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare, bring high wage jobs into communities that need them, make critical investments in infrastructure and education, and provide the much-needed oversight of an Administration riddled with unprecedented levels of corruption,” Ryan said after winning re-election. “I look forward to returning to Congress to continue fighting for the men and women of Northeast Ohio.

 

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