Mike DeWine (R) defeated Richard Cordray (D) for Ohio governor on election day, November 6. Republicans also won the statewide offices of Attorney General (Dave Yost); Secretary of State (Frank LaRose); Auditor (Keith Faber); Treasurer (Robert Sprague); and retained control of the Ohio House of Representatives by a margin of 63-36 and the Ohio Senate by a margin of 24 to 8 with one pending recount.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) won his 3rd six-year term defeating Congressman Jim Renacci (R). Democrats picked up two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court with Judges Melody Stewart and Michael Donnelly winning against incumbent Justice Mary DeGenaro and Judge Craig Baldwin respectively.
Ohio has 16 Congressional seats and the party makeup of the delegation remained unchanged at 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats.
The Ohio General Assembly gained another physician member with the election of Beth Liston, MD, (D) to the Ohio House. Dr. Liston, an internal medicine-pediatrician, from Dublin, OH, won an open seat in northern Franklin County.
State Issue One, a criminal justice reform proposal to reduce penalties for obtaining, possessing, and using illegal drugs, was soundly defeated.