Ohio Election Results 2012: Sherrod Brown wins reelection to Senate; Obama wins crucial battleground

November 7, 2012

Here is a summary of the election results in Ohio: (View full map)

President

Obama won Ohio, the mother of all battlegrounds, the state more than any other that both sides said held the key to Electoral College victory on Tuesday. Public polling leading up to Election Day had indicated that early voters broke for Obama by large margins. And even before voting ended Tuesday night, the presidential campaigns had teams of lawyers standing by, ready to do battle over the counting of ballots in the most hotly contested state in the election. The Buckeye State has been battered by a decline in manufacturing jobs. But the unemployment rate is now below the national average. Preliminary exit poll results showed that Obama’s support flowed from widespread voter approval of the federal bailout of the auto industry; 59 percent of Ohio voters said they approved of the auto bailout. The state is home to many jobs linked to the industry. Despite the auto bailout flap, Romney edged out Obama on whom voters trusted more to handle the economy by a 50 percent to 47 percent. Obama received a critical boost from black voters, who made up 15 percent of the electorate, up from 11 percent in 2008, and who backed him by 96 percent to 4 percent. The president lost ground among white voters, and he also lost the majority of independent voters, who mostly backed him in 2008.

Senate

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) won re-election, defeating Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel in a race that has been negative. It was also one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in the country, drawing over $36 million in outside money, according to federal filings.

House

In the 6th District, freshman Rep. Bill Johnson (R) narrowly defeated Democrat Charlie Wilson in a rematch. Johnson was elected as part of a conservative tide. Johnson had been the subject of an ad campaign that claimed his businesses had shipped jobs overseas. In the newly drawn 16th District in northeast Ohio, incumbent Republican Jim Renacci, who was seeking a second term, narrowly defeated another incumbent, Democrat Betty Sutton, who was seeking a fourth term. The Cook Report said last week that outside groups had poured almost $10 million into the district and that Renacci had a slight edge.

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