By now you likely know the results from yesterday’s election. Nonetheless, here is a rundown of what happened from the business perspective.
- Governor John Kasich strolled to a 64-33% victory over Ed FitzGerald, which everyone expected. That makes the Ohio Chamber Political Action Committee (OCCPaC) 2-0 when endorsing in gubernatorial races.
- Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine, both endorsed by OCCPaC, ran away with their races. Husted defeated Sen. Nina Turner 60-35%, while DeWine beat David Pepper 62-38%.
- OCCPaC-endorsed Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy held their seats on the Supreme Court. The French race was probably the biggest statewide question mark heading into Election Day, and she went on to win 56-44% over Judge John O’Donnell. Kennedy took an impressive 73% of the vote against Rep. Tom Letson.
- All seven Chamber Choice candidates won their races by fairly wide margins.
- In addition to Chamber Choice, there were 63 candidates in the House that received an OCCPaC endorsement, and every single one of them won. A 100% winning percentage isn’t too shabby.
- There were 12 OCCPaC-endorsed candidates in the Senate – 11 of them won. The sole loss came in the heavily Democratic Senate District 9, where Republican Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn fell to Democrat Cecil Thomas, a former member of city council, 57-43%.
- Of the 87 total endorsements made by OCCPaC this year, 86 won on Tuesday.
The obvious conclusion to draw from yesterday’s results is that Ohioans want pro-business policies advanced at the Statehouse in order to continue growing our economy and creating jobs.