WASHINGTON (AP) — Follow along for real-time, on-the-ground updates on the 2022 U.S. midterm elections from The Associated Press.
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 9, 2022) – GOP candidates appear to have cruised to lopsided victories at the state and local levels during Tuesday’s election. Republicans Kristin Zemis and Greg Ress are set to become Tuscarawas County commissioners in January. 6th District Congressman Bill Johnson and 12th District Congressman Troy Balderson were both reelected to represent the county in the U.S. House next year. JD Vance will keep retiring Rob Portman’s U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands and Mike DeWine easily won a second term as Ohio governor. Results are still considered unofficial until certified by county elections boards later in the month.
Voters were mostly supportive of area levies despite feeling the squeeze of inflation. Voters said yes to renewals for Buckeye Career Center, TuscBDD, the county health district, and Dover and New Philadelphia schools. Issues that would increase taxes were a little less successful. Fire protection levies were approved in Baltic as well as in Warren and Wayne townships. Road levies were passed in Lawrence, Sandy, and Wayne townships. However, police levies in Bolivar and Strasburg were both defeated. Barnhill’s operating levy also failed again, this time by seven votes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance has defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio. The 38-year-old Vance, a newcomer to politics, benefited from a last-minute push by former Republican President Donald Trump, who had endorsed him.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday won a second term as he defeated challenger Nan Whaley, a Democrat who hoped to regain a seat last held by her party 16 years ago.
DeWine prevailed in a surprisingly tight three-way primary in May as conservatives angered by his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus sought to unseat him.
(AP) — The last day of midterms voting has started to slowly wind down.
Polls closed in Kentucky and Indiana at 6 p.m. Eastern. The next wave of closures will be in New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Polls close or begin to close in those states at 7 p.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Months of campaigning are culminating in midterm elections that will decide control of Congress and top governorships. Tuesday’s vote could also help shape economic policy, access to abortion and even how elections are held. And they are certain to test the political strength of President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump. With polls open across the country, no major early voting problems have been reported, though there are some hiccups typical of most Election Days. Tabulators were not working in a New Jersey county and some polling places in Pennsylvania were delayed in opening because workers showed up late.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in Ohio are hoping to end the career of the longest-serving woman in U.S. House history in Tuesday’s congressional elections. Democrat Marcy Kaptur is facing a challenge from Republican first-time candidate J.R. Majewski in a reconfigured congressional district that’s considered a political toss-up. He’s been forced to defend himself since The Associated Press reported in September that he had misrepresented key elements of his military service. A pair of Republicans endorsed by former President Donald Trump are seeking to win open House seats. And Democrats are hoping to pick off longtime Republican House member Steve Chabot.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans are hoping to strengthen their control of the Ohio Legislature in the midterm elections, as all 99 House seats and 17 of the 33 Senate seats are at stake. Democrats vying for seats in the balloting that concludes Tuesday include the lead plaintiff from the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage and a woman all but guaranteed to become the state’s first Somali American lawmaker. Republicans currently have veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. The legislative district maps for this election were used by order of a federal court, despite an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coveted open seat in the U.S. Senate has sparked a closer-than-expected faceoff to be decided Tuesday between Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and Republican “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance. Ryan is a 49-year-old 10-term congressman from the blue collar Mahoning Valley. Vance is a 38-year-old venture capitalist and political newcomer. When GOP Sen. Rob Portman announced he’d be vacating the seat last year, the seat was considered Republicans’ to lose in a state that strongly supported former President Donald Trump twice. But a brutal Republican primary and Ryan’s well-organized, well-funded campaign have made the race competitive for Democrats.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is seeking a second term in Tuesday’s race for the state’s chief executive slot while challenger Nan Whaley, a Democrat, hopes to regain a seat last won by her party 16 years ago. DeWine prevailed in a surprisingly tight three-way primary in May as conservatives angered by his efforts to slow COVID-19 sought to unseat him. Whaley handily defeated former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in her own primary. DeWine and Whaley bonded over the 2019 mass shooting that killed nine in Dayton. But Whaley increasingly criticized the governor for his failure to pass stronger gun laws and for his anti-abortion stance.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump says he will be making a “big announcement” next week in Florida. Trump teased a third presidential run while campaigning in Ohio Monday night ahead of the final day of voting in this year’s midterm elections. He told a cheering crowd in Vandalia, Ohio, that he’s “going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Mar-a-Lago.” Trump was headlining a rally to bolster Senate candidate JD Vance and said he didn’t want to “detract from the importance” of Election Day by making his own campaign announcement beforehand.