Government Relations is central to the mission of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and evaluating the outcome of elections is an important service to our members and the business community. We take pride in the partnerships we have with government officials and organizations across Central Ohio, and strive to keep our members apprised of how the results of an election can impact their business.
Issues 57 and 60 passed by Columbus voters
We are pleased to report that the Columbus Chamber-endorsed Issue 57 (Columbus City Schools levy) passed with a vote of 62% and Issue 60 (COTA levy renewal) passed with a vote of 72%. The Chamber remains committed to ensuring all children in the region are prepared and ready to succeed upon graduation, and also supports COTA’s track record of connecting people to jobs and services.
We will continue to work with our partners within these organizations to fulfill their campaign promises in a thoughtful and responsible manner.
More about election results
Trump takes Ohio and the Presidency, but lacked Franklin County support
Republican Donald Trump won Ohio with a much larger margin than predicted, winning 52.05% of the vote versus Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 43.51%. In Franklin County, however, Clinton won 60% of the vote versus Trump’s 34%. These statistics are somewhat consistent with the results of the 2012 president election, in which Obama won 60.53% of the vote in Franklin County versus Romney’s 37.75%. While the number of registered voters increased by almost 35,000 over the last four years, the percentage of those voters that went to the polls declined, with 71.06% of Franklin County electors casting a ballot in 2012 versus 67.5% in 2016. Trump was victorious in the remaining 10 counties in the region (Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union).
Republican Rob Portman defeats Democrat Ted Strickland in U.S. Senate race
While Strickland garnered 6% more votes in Franklin County, Portman won with 58.32% of the statewide vote compared to Strickland’s 36.92%, allowing the U.S. Senate to maintain control of the upper chamber.
Local incumbent congressional members win reelection
Central Ohio’s Congressional Delegation, which includes Joyce Beatty, Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi, soundly defeated their opponents and will remain in office for another two years.
Statehouse Republicans gain supermajority in both chambers
Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives hold a 66 seat lead over the Dem’s 33 seats, enough to allow them to override a governor’s veto, the same is true for the Ohio Senate, in which Republicans hold 24 seats as compared to the 9 Democrat-controlled seats. Of note in Central Ohio, Rep. Stephanie Kunze and Sen. Kevin Hughes successfully won their respective elections and will switch seats in the House and Senate. Returning legislators include Heather Bishoff, Hearcel Craig, Mike Duffey, David Leland, Anne Gonzales, and Kirsten Boggs. New legislators include Bernadine Kennedy Kent, Laura Lanese and Adam Miller.
While many of the local judicial candidates were running unopposed, the two competitive seats to Ohio’s Supreme Court resulted in victory for Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer.
Franklin County continues trend of electing democrats
Democrats won the offices of County Coroner, Treasurer, Recorder, Clerk of Courts, and two county commissioner seats. Republicans were successful in the highly contested County Prosecutor race, in which longtime veteran Ron O’Brien defeated City Council President Zach Klein by 4%, as well as electing County Engineer Dean Ringle.