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2020 Ohio Senate election

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2020 Ohio Senate election

← 2018 November 3, 2020 (2020-11-03) 2022 →

16 seats from even-numbered districts in the Ohio Senate
17 seats needed for a majority
Turnout74.0% (Increase2.7pp)[a]
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Larry Obhof Kenny Yuko
Party Republican Democratic
Leader since January 3, 2019 April 26, 2017
Leader's seat District 22 District 25
Seats before 24 9
Seats after 25 8
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 1,754,433 1,097,400
Percentage 61.47% 38.45%
Swing Decrease 5.14% Increase 5.07%

Ohio Senate 2020 Election.svg
Results
     Democratic hold      Democratic gain
     Republican hold      Republican gain
     Not up for election

President of the Ohio Senate before election

Larry Obhof
Republican

Elected President of the Ohio Senate

Matt Huffman
Republican

The 2020 Ohio Senate election was held on November 3, 2020, with the primary election held on April 28, 2020.[b] Ohio voters elected state senators in the 16 even-numbered Ohio Senate districts. State senators elected in 2020 will be eligible to serve a four-year term beginning January 2021 and ending December 2024. These elections coincided with elections for U.S. President and the Ohio House.

Although Democrats had hoped to break the Republican supermajority in the chamber (which would have required them to pick up three seats), they ended up losing one, further consolidating Republican control.

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Hi, I'm Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we're going to talk about what is, if you ask the general public, the most important part of politics: elections. If you ask me, it's hair styles. Look at Martin Van Buren's sideburns, how could he not be elected? Americans are kind of obsessed with elections, I mean when this was being recorded in early 2015, television, news and the internet were already talking about who would be Democrat and Republican candidates for president in 2016. And many of the candidates have unofficially been campaigning for years. I've been campaigning; your grandma's been campaigning. Presidential elections are exciting and you can gamble on them. Is that legal, can you gamble on them, Stan? Anyway, why we're so obsessed with them is a topic for another day. Right now I'm gonna tell you that the fixation on the presidential elections is wrong, but not because the president doesn't matter. No, today we're gonna look at the elections of the people that are supposed to matter the most, Congress. Constitutionally at least, Congress is the most important branch of government because it is the one that is supposed to be the most responsive to the people. One of the main reasons it's so responsive, at least in theory, is the frequency of elections. If a politician has to run for office often, he or she, because unlike the president we have women serving in Congress, kind of has to pay attention to what the constituents want, a little bit, maybe. By now, I'm sure that most of you have memorized the Constitution, so you recognize that despite their importance in the way we discuss politics, elections aren't really a big feature of the Constitution. Except of course for the ridiculously complex electoral college system for choosing the president, which we don't even want to think about for a few episodes. In fact, here's what the Constitution says about Congressional Elections in Article 1 Section 2: "The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature." So the Constitution does establish that the whole of the house is up for election every 2 years, and 1/3 of the senate is too, but mainly it leaves the scheduling and rules of elections up to the states. The actual rules of elections, like when the polls are open and where they actually are, as well as the registration requirements, are pretty much up to the states, subject to some federal election law. If you really want to know the rules in your state, I'm sure that someone at the Board of Elections, will be happy to explain them to you. Really, you should give them a call; they're very, very lonely. In general though, here's what we can say about American elections. First stating the super obvious, in order to serve in congress, you need to win an election. In the House of Representatives, each election district chooses a single representative, which is why we call them single-member districts. The number of districts is determined by the Census, which happens every 10 years, and which means that elections ending in zeros are super important, for reasons that I'll explain in greater detail in a future episode. It's because of gerrymandering. The Senate is much easier to figure out because both of the state Senators are elected by the entire state. It's as if the state itself were a single district, which is true for states like Wyoming, which are so unpopulated as to have only 1 representative. Sometimes these elections are called at large elections. Before the election ever happens, you need candidates. How candidates are chosen differs from state to state, but usually it has something to do with political parties, although it doesn't have to. Why are things so complicated?! What we can say is that candidates, or at least good candidates, usually have certain characteristics. Sorry America. First off, if you are gonna run for office, you should have an unblemished record, free of, oh I don't know, felony convictions or sex scandals, except maybe in Louisiana or New York. This might lead to some pretty bland candidates or people who are so calculating that they have no skeletons in their closet, but we Americans are a moral people and like our candidates to reflect our ideals rather than our reality. The second characteristic that a candidate must possess is the ability to raise money. Now some candidates are billionaires and can finance their own campaigns. But most billionaires have better things to do: buying yachts, making even more money, building money forts, buying more yachts, so they don't have time to run for office. But most candidates get their money for their campaigns by asking for it. The ability to raise money is key, especially now, because running for office is expensive. Can I get a how expensive is it? "How expensive is it?!" Well, so expensive that the prices of elections continually rises and in 2012 winners of House races spent nearly 2 million each. Senate winners spent more than 10 million. By the time this episode airs, I'm sure the numbers will be much higher like a gajillion billion million. Money is important in winning an election, but even more important, statistically, is already being in Congress. Let's go to the Thought Bubble. The person holding an office who runs for that office again is called the incumbent and has a big advantage over any challenger. This is according to political scientists who, being almost as bad at naming things as historians, refer to this as incumbency advantage. There are a number of reasons why incumbents tend to hold onto their seats in congress, if they want to. The first is that a sitting congressman has a record to run on, which we hope includes some legislative accomplishments, although for the past few Congresses, these don't seem to matter. The record might include case work, which is providing direct services to constituents. This is usually done by congressional staffers and includes things like answering questions about how to get certain government benefits or writing recommendation letters to West Point. Congressmen can also provide jobs to constituents, which is usually a good way to get them to vote for you. These are either government jobs, kind of rare these days, called patronage or indirect employment through government contracts for programs within a Congressman's district. These programs are called earmarks or pork barrel programs, and they are much less common now because Congress has decided not to use them any more, sort of. The second advantage that incumbents have is that they have a record of winning elections, which if you think about it, is pretty obvious. Being a proven winner makes it easier for a congressmen to raise money, which helps them win, and long term incumbents tend to be more powerful in Congress which makes it even easier for them to raise money and win. The Constitution give incumbents one structural advantage too. Each elected congressman is allowed $100,000 and free postage to send out election materials. This is called the franking privilege. It's not so clear how great an advantage this is in the age of the internet, but at least according to the book The Victory Lab, direct mail from candidates can be surprisingly effective. How real is this incumbency advantage? Well if you look at the numbers, it seems pretty darn real. Over the past 60 years, almost 90% of members of The House of Representatives got re-elected. The Senate has been even more volatile, but even at the low point in 1980 more than 50% of sitting senators got to keep their jobs. Thanks, Thought Bubble. You're so great. So those are some of the features of congressional elections. Now, if you'll permit me to get a little politically sciencey, I'd like to try to explain why elections are so important to the way that Congressmen and Senators do their jobs. In 1974, political scientist David Mayhew published a book in which he described something he called "The Electoral Connection." This was the idea that Congressmen were primarily motivated by the desire to get re-elected, which intuitively makes a lot of sense, even though I'm not sure what evidence he had for this conclusion. Used to be able to get away with that kind of thing I guess, clearly David may-not-hew to the rules of evidence, pun [rim shot], high five, no. Anyway Mayhew's research methodology isn't as important as his idea itself because The Electoral Connection provides a frame work for understanding congressman's activities. Mayhew divided representatives' behaviors and activities into three categories. The first is advertising; congressmen work to develop their personal brand so that they are recognizable to voters. Al D'Amato used to be know in New York as Senator Pothole, because he was able to bring home so much pork that he could actually fix New York's streets. Not by filling them with pork, money, its money, remember pork barrel spending? The second activity is credit claiming; Congressmen get things done so that they can say they got them done. A lot of case work and especially pork barrel spending are done in the name of credit claiming. Related to credit claiming, but slightly different, is position taking. This means making a public judgmental statement on something likely to be of interest to voters. Senators can do this through filibusters. Representatives can't filibuster, but they can hold hearings, publicly supporting a hearing is a way of associating yourself with an idea without having to actually try to pass legislation. And of course they can go on the TV, especially on Sunday talk shows. What's a TV, who even watches TV? Now the idea of The Electoral Connection doesn't explain every action a member of Congress takes; sometimes they actually make laws to benefit the public good or maybe solve problems, huh, what an idea! But Mayhew's idea gives us a way of thinking about Congressional activity, an analytical lens that connects what Congressmen actually do with how most of us understand Congressmen, through elections. So the next time you see a Congressmen call for a hearing on a supposed horrible scandal or read about a Senator threatening to filibuster a policy that may have significant popular support, ask yourself, "Is this Representative claiming credit or taking a position, and how will this build their brand?" In other words: what's the electoral connection and how will whatever they're doing help them get elected? This might feel a little cynical, but the reality is Mayhew's thesis often seems to fit with today's politics. Thanks for watching, see you next week. Vote for me; I'm on the TV. I'm not -- I'm on the YouTube. Crash Course: Government and Politics is produced in association with PBS Digital Studios. Support for Crash Course US Government comes from Voqal. Voqal supports nonprofits that use technology and media to advance social equity. Learn more about their mission and initiatives at Voqal.org. Crash Course is made by all of these nice people. Thanks for watching. That guy isn't nice.

Statewide results

Party Candidates Votes Seats Won
No. % +/– No. +/– %
Republican Party 16 1,754,433 61.48 Decrease 5.14 15 Increase 1 93.75
Democratic Party 16 1,097,400 38.45 Increase 5.07 1 Decrease 1 6.25
Independent 2 1,950 0.07 Increase 0.07 0 Steady 0 0.00
Total 2,853,783 100.00 16 100.00
Popular vote
Republican
61.48%
Democratic
38.45%
Independent
0.07%
Senate seats won
Republican
93.75%
Democratic
6.25%

Results by district

Overview

Results of the 2020 Ohio Senate election
District Incumbent Status Incumbent Winner Result
2nd Running Theresa Gavarone Incumbent Republican re-elected
4th Term-limited Bill Coley George Lang Republican hold
6th Term-limited Peggy Lehner Niraj Antani Republican hold
8th Running Louis Blessing Incumbent Republican re-elected
10th Running Bob Hackett Incumbent Republican re-elected
12th Running Matt Huffman Incumbent Republican re-elected
14th Running Terry Johnson Incumbent Republican re-elected
16th Running Stephanie Kunzie Incumbent Republican re-elected
18th Term-limited John Eklund Jerry Cirino Republican hold
20th Running Tim Schaffer Incumbent Republican re-elected
22nd Term-limited Larry Obhof Mark Romanchuk Republican hold
24th Running Matt Dolan Incumbent Republican re-elected
26th Term-limited David Burke Bill Reineke Republican hold
28th Running Vernon Sykes Incumbent Democrat re-elected
30th Running Frank Hoagland Incumbent Republican re-elected
32nd Running Sean O'Brien Sandra O'Brien Republican gain

Detailed results

[3]

District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30District 32

District 2

Primary results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joel O'Dorisio 12,170 52.2
Democratic Reem Subei 11,162 47.8
Total votes 23,332 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Theresa Gavarone (incumbent) 17,352 100.0
Total votes 17,352 100.0
General election results
Ohio's 2nd Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Theresa Gavarone (incumbent) 122,084 62.2
Democratic Joel O'Dorisio 74,240 37.8
Total votes 196,324 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease4.2

District 4

Primary results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Wyenandt 12,568 100.0
Total votes 12,568 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Lang 12,579 49.4
Republican Candice Keller 8,318 32.7
Republican Lee Wong 4,568 17.9
Total votes 25,465 100.0
General election results
Ohio's 4th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Lang 106,021 60.5
Democratic Kathy Wyenandt 68,000 38.8
Independent Kent Keller (write-in) 1,126 0.6
Total votes 175,147 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease7.1

District 6

Primary results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Fogel 16,867 82.2
Democratic Albert Griggs, Jr. 3,643 17.8
Total votes 20,510 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Niraj Antani 14,866 64.4
Republican Rachel Selby 5,317 23.1
Republican Gregory Alan Robinson 2,885 12.5
Total votes 23,068 100.0
General election results
Ohio's 6th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Niraj Antani 99,096 53.2
Democratic Mark Fogel 87,280 46.8
Total votes 186,376 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease14.9

District 8

Primary results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel Brown 18,091 100.0
Total votes 18,091 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Louis Blessing (incumbent) 20,544 100.0
Total votes 20,544 100.0
General election results
Ohio's 8th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Louis Blessing (incumbent) 112,313 60.1
Democratic Daniel Brown 74,565 39.9
Total votes 186,878 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease2.8

District 10

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Ballard 16,232 100.0
Total votes 16,232 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Hackett (incumbent) 29,116 100.0
Total votes 29,116 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 10th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Hackett (incumbent) 109,456 65.3
Democratic Charles Ballard 58,126 34.7
Total votes 167,582 100.0
Republican hold Swing Increase0.2

District 12

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ken Poling 10,900 100.0
Total votes 10,900 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Huffman (incumbent) 33,710 100.0
Total votes 33,710 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 12th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Huffman (incumbent) 129,218
Democratic Ken Poling 33,800 20.7
Total votes 164,018 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease20.7[c]

District 14

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ryan Ottney 13,060 100.0
Total votes 13,060 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terry Johnson (incumbent) 29,928 76.3
Republican David Uible 9,278 23.7
Total votes 39,206 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 14th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terry Johnson (incumbent) 127,588 72.7
Democratic Ryan Ottney 47,843 27.3
Total votes 175,431 100.0
Republican hold Swing Increase0.8

District 16

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Crystal Lett 23,349 78.8
Democratic Troy Doucet 4,389 14.8
Democratic Mark Bailey 1,880 6.4
Total votes 29,618 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Kunze (incumbent) 13,098 100.0
Total votes 13,098 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 16th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Kunze (incumbent) 106,053 50.0
Democratic Crystal Lett 105,937 50.0
Total votes 211,990 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease9.0

District 18

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betsy Rader 23,183 100.0
Total votes 23,183 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Cirino 23,690 100.0
Total votes 23,690 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 18th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Cirino 115,754 60.5
Democratic Betsy Rader 75,535 39.5
Total votes 191,289 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease4.8

District 20

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Christian Johnson 13,993 100.0
Total votes 13,993 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Schaffer (incumbent) 25,458 100.0
Total votes 25,458 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 20th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Schaffer (incumbent) 121,844 69.5
Democratic Christian Johnson 53,477 30.5
Total votes 175,321 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease30.5[d]

District 22

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Johnson 16,506 100.0
Total votes 16,506 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Romanchuk 17,629 58.3
Republican Ron Falconi 6,909 22.8
Republican Cory Branham 3,701 12.2
Republican Michael Reynolds 1,289 4.3
Republican Timothy Hoven 726 2.4
Total votes 30,254 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 22nd Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Romanchuk 130,273 68.9
Democratic Ryan Hunger[e] 58,924 31.1
Total votes 189,197 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease0.9

District 24

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Jackson 28,496 100.0
Total votes 28,496 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Dolan (incumbent) 18,161 100.0
Total votes 18,161 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 24th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Dolan (Incumbent) 112,609 54.3
Democratic Tom Jackson 94,633 45.7
Total votes 207,242 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease3.8

District 26

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Craig Swartz 14,208 100.0
Total votes 14,208 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Reineke 25,363 64.7
Republican Melissa Ackison 13,864 35.3
Total votes 39,227 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 26th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Reineke 114,776 70.6
Democratic Craig Swartz 47,050 28.9
Independent Robert Taylor (write-in) 824 0.5
Total votes 162,650 100.0
Republican hold Swing Decrease29.4[f]

District 28

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vernon Sykes (incumbent) 24,995 100.0
Total votes 24,995 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Downey 8,626 100.0
Total votes 8,626 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 28th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vernon Sykes (incumbent) 88,929 59.8
Republican Michael Downey 59,701 40.2
Total votes 148,630 100.0
Democratic hold Swing Decrease1.4

District 30

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Fletcher 19,731 100.0
Total votes 19,731 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Hoagland (incumbent) 24,726 100.0
Total votes 24,726 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 30th Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Hoagland (incumbent) 110,243 66.8
Democratic Michael Fletcher 54.694 33.2
Total votes 164,937 100.0
Republican hold Swing Increase13.9

District 32

Primary Results
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sean O'Brien (incumbent) 26,151 100.0
Total votes 26,151 100.0
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sandra O'Brien 13,519 69.3
Republican Kenneth Polke 5,983 30.7
Total votes 19,502 100.0
General Election Results
Ohio's 32nd Senate District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sandra O'Brien 77,404 51.0
Democratic Sean O'Brien (incumbent) 74,367 49.0
Total votes 151,771 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic Swing Increase7.4

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Compared to 2016, the last time these seats were up.
  2. ^ The primary election was originally scheduled for March 17, 2020. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the primary would be moved to June 2.[1] Shortly thereafter, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill setting an almost entirely vote-by-mail primary for April 28.[2]
  3. ^ Seat was uncontested in the previous election.
  4. ^ Seat was uncontested in the previous election.
  5. ^ Hunger replaced Johnson after the latter withdrew from the race after the primary due to health concerns.[4]
  6. ^ Seat was uncontested in the previous election.

References

  1. ^ Hancock, Laura; clevel; .com; Tobias, rew J.; clevel; .com (2020-03-16). "Gov. Mike DeWine wants to postpone Ohio's Tuesday primary election till June 2 due to coronavirus". cleveland. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  2. ^ Tobias, rew J.; clevel; .com (2020-03-25). "Ohio lawmakers sets all-mail primary election through April 28; legal challenge still possible". cleveland. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  3. ^ "2020 Official Elections Results - Ohio Secretary of State". www.sos.state.oh.us. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  4. ^ "New Ohio Senate District 22 candidate steps up". medina-gazette.com. Retrieved 2020-09-24.

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