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Trump, Republicans Enjoy Historic Election Night

Posted By Brian Hickman, Director of Government Affairs, Operations Managing Director, Monday, November 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In the most historic presidential election since 1948, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump defeated the Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton in a shocking upset.

Several factors culminated into creating the environment for a Trump victory. These factors included heightened voter turnout in rural areas (which overwhelmingly support Trump), lower voter turnout in urbanized areas and Democrats as a whole, and undecided voters, who ended up supporting Trump by roughly a 2-1 margin. 

In his acceptance speech in the early hours of Wednesday morning, President-Elect Trump noted that “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of divisions. It is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Trump went on to say that, “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” while citing a need to “reclaim our country’s destiny.”

At the state level, the Republican majority in the Ohio House of Representatives grabbed another seat to bring their total to 66 out of a total 99 seats. Jay Edwards, candidate for the 94th House District, was successful in gaining the seat while incumbent Republicans on the ballot held their respective seats.

The Ohio Senate also gained a seat on election night, which brings the republican majority’s total to 24 seats out of 33. Republican Frank Hoagland was successful in his attempt to oust Senator Lou Gentile in the 30th Senate District. Current State Rep. Stephanie Kunze and former State Rep. Matt Dolan were the other Republicans in perceived tight Senate races. However, both cruised to being elected to the Ohio Senate.

Incumbent Republican Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, along with two newcomers, have won election to the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Pat DeWine, a current justice on Ohio’s 1st District Court of Appeals, bested his Democratic challenger Judge Cynthia Rice, by a 56%-44% tally. Judge Pat Fischer is currently ahead of Democrat Judge John O’Donnell by roughly 24,000 votes. The outcome of this race will come down to provisional ballots when it is all said and done.

Finally, voters spoke yet again on a local charter amendment issue supported (again) by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Again, the amendment failed by a (again) large margin of almost 11%. This is the sixth time their effort has failed. The cost to the taxpayers in Youngstown is now at a staggering $95,000 after having been required to place all of six issues on the ballot.

 

For a full election report, be on the lookout for the next edition of the OOGA bulletin.

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