Ohio Republicans are calling for a Donald Trump victory in the state with more than 5.6 million votes cast and counted. The unofficial results show Trump more than 8 points ahead of Democrat Joe Biden. On election night, the results were a little slower than usual, with several big wins for the GOP.
Jane Timken, leader of the Ohio Republican Party, took the stage shortly after midnight on election night to declare a victory for President Donald Trump.
“That means the President’s America First policy is resonating with the Ohioans. I have a feeling we’re going to have a good night. The rest of the country will be tight, but I still believe Americans and Ohioans will.” believe the American dream. “said Timken.
The results are still unofficial in Ohio. Trump, however, has a lead of more than 470,000 votes in the state with more than 285,000 pending absentee ballot and preliminary ballot papers.
The Ohio Republican Results Monitoring Party was an unusual event compared to previous election nights. Instead of supporters gathering in a grand ballroom, various Republican campaigns were organized in their own private rooms at a Westerville hotel, with the speakers live-streamed as soon as they took the stage.
Among those speakers was the American Rob Portman, who said Trump had once again addressed the Ohioans with his economic message.
“I’m confident we’ll win Ohio. And I think the reason Republicans are going to win Ohio is very simple. The economic message really works here. And when you look at what’s in the economy for Ohio and for that.” Country before country happened COVID crisis, you know we hit all the cylinders, “Portman said.
Trump’s success in Ohio was a continuation of what he saw in 2016 when the historically democratic counties of Mahoning and Lorain switched to Trump.
Republican strategist Mark Weaver says election night results are a strong sign that Ohio is firmly a “red” state, a claim he made on election night four years ago. Weaver says people who previously allied with Democrats feel forgotten by the party.
“The big surprise is that parts of east Ohio that were once Democratic are now reliably becoming Republicans, with Mahoning County perhaps the most prominent,” said Weaver.
The night went well for Republican lawmakers too. The Republican congregations took seats in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate and expanded the existing super-majority in the state. But the GOP split at the Ohio Supreme Court, with Justice Judi French losing and Justice Sharon Kennedy keeping her seat on the bench.
There was no ballroom, no party with the Ohio Democratic Party. Due to COVID, the party offered a webinar with chairman David Pepper. But there wasn’t much to cheer for Democrats anyway. You lost the presidential race in Ohio and a lot of big offices. Pepper says they did the best they could with the resources they had.
“To be honest, we worked very hard and had fewer resources than other countries. We are very proud of this. And we’re proud to have fought this fight where it is tonight. We were very efficient. Our field service team, we couldn’t have dealt worse with a very large state that works very hard every day. And unlike the controversy of 16, we certainly haven’t diverted resources away from other critical swing states, “Pepper said.
The Democrats claimed one of the two seats in the Supreme Court when former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner defeated Republican Justice Judi French. Pepper sees this as a win.
“Just one pickup is a big win because Chief Justice O’Connor is for those of us in Ohio who know she’s a less partisan, more statesmanlike figure,” Pepper said.
In the end, all 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats in the Ohio Congressional Delegation were able to hold onto their seats. Pepper says there is a reason for this.
“Let’s remember that all 12 of these wards were badly gerrymandered. They were drawn to avoid any competition, “said Pepper.
The maps of the Congress will be redrawn next year according to new rules in order to make the process less partisan. But with these recent victories, Republicans will still have an advantage in this map-drawing process.
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