The Ohio Society of CPAs had an overall endorsement success rate of 90.4% in the Nov. 6 general election, celebrating 103 victories out of 114 endorsed races.
Voters turned out in strong numbers across the state and in many locations throughout the nation. In Ohio, of the 99 Ohio House races and 17 Ohio Senate races, an “official” winner has yet to be declared in a few contests, most notably the 3rd Ohio Senate District (SD03) where Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) leads by just 329 votes.
Based on unofficial results, Republicans lost a net four seats in the Ohio House but still maintain strong majority control, 62-37. In the Ohio Senate, Republicans picked up one seat (SD33) in the Mahoning Valley area and are staring down an unprecedented 25 to 8 margin – pending the SD03 outcome for Gonzales.
Where statewide races are concerned, OSCPA-endorsed candidates won all five statewide offices. At the top of the ticket, Mike DeWine was victorious in his battle for governor, along with his running mate, Jon Husted. The other four candidates the Society endorsed: Dave Yost for attorney general, Frank LaRose for secretary of state, Keith Faber for auditor of state, and Robert Sprague for state treasurer, all won their bids for statewide office. Only our two picks for the Ohio Supreme Court, Craig Baldwin and Mary DeGenaro, were defeated as they fell to Michael Donnelly and Melody Stewart, respectively.
At the federal level, OSCPA-endorsed Sherrod Brown defended his seat in the U.S. Senate by defeating Jim Renacci, CPA, who was also backed by OSCPA. This rare dual endorsement was the result of positive working relationships with both candidates. We also endorsed 14 candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, all of whom were victorious. Ohio’s congressional delegation saw no changes in party control, remaining 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats.
In addition to these men and women who will represent Ohio at the federal level, we endorsed several candidates in state races. All in all, 72 out of the 80 candidates we endorsed for the Ohio House, and 11 of our 12 Ohio Senate endorsements, won their respective races.
For election results on all Ohio races, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at https://vote.ohio.gov/ to view unofficial results. What's your reaction to the midterm elections? Make sure to vote in this week's quick poll now.