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Ohioans poised to elect governor, senator from opposite parties for first time in decades

November 7, 2018

Ohioans poised to elect governor, senator from opposite parties for first time in decades

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohioans on Tuesday re-elected Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, as one of their U.S. senators. And they also appear poised to elect Mike DeWine, a Republican as governor.

If that happens, it would be the first time Ohioans have elected a Senator and a governor from opposite parties in the same election since 1974. That year, Republican Jim Rhodes, a former governor and John Glenn, a Democrat and famous former astronaut, ousted incumbents in their respective races.

Rhodes served as governor from 1963 until 1971, but was barred by term limits from running for re-election. He was succeeded by John Gilligan, a Democrat. But Rhodes ran again in 1974 and won, defeating Gilligan by 11,000 votes, or less than 1/2 a percentage point.

Meanwhile, Glenn in 1974 finally won election to the U.S. Senate in his third attempt. In the Democratic primary that year, he defeated incumbent Sen. Howard Metzenbaum. Glenn went on to face Republican Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk in the general election, crushing him by 34 points. 

On Tuesday, Brown was re-elected over Republican Rep. Jim Renacci. As of 10:45 p.m., the margin was 52 percent to 48 percent, although Brown’s lead is expected to expand as more Democratic counties report, and Renacci has conceded the race.

Meanwhile, DeWine, a former U.S. Senator and current state attorney general was leading Democrat Richard Cordray by a 52 percent to 46 percent margin. NBC News called the race for DeWine around 10:45 p.m., with the Associated Press following suit at 11:02 p.m.

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