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OSMA’s 2022 Midterm General Election Recap

After a whirlwind midterm election day, millions of Ohio voters have made their voices heard. Overall, the candidates endorsed by the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) prevailed in the majority of races for various statewide offices. Ohio also set a record as far as early and absentee voting in a midterm election - a total of 1,392,767 votes were cast through either in-person early voting or returned absentee ballots as of the end of early voting on Monday.

Read on for a review of what happened across the state in our elections and stay tuned for updates as the Ohio Legislature moves into lame duck!

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted Re-Elected – Republican Sweep of Statewide Offices

Ohio’s gubernatorial race this year featured Republican incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine and his challenger, former mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley. The Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) announced in September its endorsement of Gov. DeWine’s re-election campaign. Going into this week’s election, the current governor was polling significantly ahead of Whaley – a result that seemed to pan out once Election Day arrived and Ohio began to count votes. With over 90% of Ohio precincts reporting, Gov. DeWine received 63% of the vote to Whaley’s 37%.

Additionally, Republican candidates Attorney General Dave Yost, State Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and Treasurer Robert Sprague emerged as victors in their races, which means that Ohio’s statewide offices (outside of the judicial) remain unchanged in the wake of the 2022 midterm election.

OSMAPAC-Endorsed Ohio Supreme Court Candidates Prevail

Republicans will maintain their 4-3 majority on the state’s high court after the midterm elections this year.  Justice Sharon Kennedy led in her race against Justice Jennifer Brunner for Chief Justice, receiving 57% of the vote with more than 90% of the votes counted. When she is sworn in, replacing outgoing Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the governor will be tasked with filling the vacancy of Justice Kennedy’s previous seat. Justice Pat Fischer and Justice Pat DeWine fended off their challengers, Judges Teri Jamison and Marilyn Zayas, respectively. 

Vance Succeeds in Ohio Senate Race – Will Replace Former Ohio Senator Rob Portman

After a heated race that was watched carefully nationwide, Republican candidate JD Vance ultimately defeated his Democratic opponent Tim Ryan, and will head to the U.S Senate to represent Ohio along with current Senator Sherrod Brown (D).

Overall control of the U.S. Senate is still up for grabs as of Wednesday afternoon, as several key races remain too close to call and with one potentially heading for a runoff election. Democrats picked up one seat in Pennsylvania.

One Congressional Seat “Flips” – Democrats in U.S. House Hold on to Several Competitive Seats

As of Wednesday afternoon, control of the U.S. House also remains in the balance. With races still up in the air, it is unclear which party will be the majority.

Notably, Democrats “flipped” Ohio Congressional District 1, with Democrat Greg Landsman emerging victorious over incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Chabot (Cincinnati). Landsman, who formerly taught public school and has served on Cincinnati City Council, received 52% of the vote with over 90% of precincts reporting.

Democrats also managed to hold onto two competitive seats in Ohio’s 9th and 13th Congressional Districts. Rep. Marcy Kaptur will continue her status as the longest serving woman in U.S. House history, having received 56% of the vote with over 95% of precincts reporting. This was enough for Rep. Kaptur to fend off her Republican challenger, J.R. Majewski. Furthermore, Rep. Emilia Sykes, who currently serves in the Ohio House representing District 34, will take former Rep. Tim Ryan’s seat in the U.S. House, having bested Republican candidate Madison Gesiotto Gilbert with 53% of the vote (all but one precinct reporting).

Republican Max Miller will succeed Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ashland) in the House representing the 7th District, having defeated Democrat Matthew Diemer.

The complete results are listed below, and OSMAPAC’s endorsed candidates have an asterisk beside their names.

Dist. 1 – Greg Landsman

Dist. 2 – Brad Wenstrup (R)*

Dist. 3 – Joyce Beatty (D)*

Dist. 4 – Jim Jordan (R)

Dist. 5 – Bob Latta (R)*

Dist. 6 – Bill Johnson (R)*

Dist. 7 – Max Miller

Dist. 8 – Warren Davidson (R)*

Dist. 9 – Marcy Kaptur (D)*

Dist. 10 – Mike Turner (R)*

Dist. 11 – Shontel Brown (D)*

Dist. 12 – Troy Balderson (R)*

Dist. 13 – Emilia Sykes (D)*

Dist. 14 – Dave Joyce (R)*

Dist. 15 – Mike Carey (R)



Two State Ballot Initiatives Resoundingly Pass

While OSMAPAC did not take a position on the ballot initiatives, we note that Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported both Issue 1 and Issue 2 on the ballot – with over ¾ of votes being in favor of the issues. Issue 1, which will require judges to consider public safety when setting monetary bail, and Issue 2, which will prohibit local governments from permitting non-citizens to vote in local elections, will both become new provisions in the Ohio Constitution. 

Republicans Dominate Statehouse Races - Supermajority in Ohio House and Senate Grows

Currently, Republicans hold 64 of the Ohio House’s 99 seats; however, it appears that number may increase to as many as 68 seats once all votes are counted and the last remaining races are finalized. Additionally, in the Ohio Senate, Republicans gained a seat to add to their current supermajority, with Michele Reynolds ousting current Democratic Senator Tina Maharath. This leaves Republicans with 26 of the Senate’s 33 seats. 

Notably, physician incumbent Dr. Beth Liston (House Dist. 8) was successful in her re-election campaign, as well as physician incumbent Dr. Steve Huffman (Senate Dist. 5). In addition, OSMA member physician and newcomer to the Ohio Legislature Dr. Anita Somani emerged as the victor in House Dist. 11. OSMA congratulates Dr. Somani, as she joins Dr. Liston, Dr. Huffman, and Dr. Terry Johnson (Senate Dist. 14) in the Ohio Legislature. We are thrilled that in 2023, Ohio will have four physician legislators, two in each of the legislative chambers.

Below is the complete list of winners of the Ohio Senate and House races, with some results still being unofficial as of publication.

*indicates an OSMAPAC endorsed candidate

Ohio Senate – Complete Results:

Dist. 1 – Rob McColley (R)*

Dist. 3 – Michele Reynolds

Dist. 5 – Steve Huffman (R)*

Dist. 7 – Steve Wilson (R)*

Dist. 9 – Catherine Ingram (D)*

Dist. 11 – Paula Hicks-Hudson (D)*

Dist. 13 – Nathan Manning (R)*

Dist. 15 – Hearcel Craig (D)*

Dist. 17 – Shane Wilkin (R)*

Dist. 19 – Andrew Brenner (R)*

Dist. 21 – Kent Smith (D)*

Dist. 23 – Nickie Antonio (D)*

Dist. 25 – Bill DeMora (D)*

Dist. 27 – Kristina Roegner (R)*

Dist. 29 – Kirk Schuring (R)*

Dist. 31 – Al Landis (R)*

Dist. 33 – Michael Rulli (R)*



Ohio House – Complete Results:

Dist. 1 – Dontavius Jarrells (D)*

Dist. 2 – Latyna Humphrey (D)*

Dist. 3 – Ismail Mohamed (D)*

Dist. 4 – Mary Lightbody (D)*

Dist. 5 – Ronald Beach (R)

Dist. 6 – Adam Miller (D)*

Dist. 7 – Allison Russo (D)*

Dist. 8 – Beth Liston (D)*

Dist. 9 – Munira Abdullahi (D)*  

Dist. 10 – David Dobos (R)*

Dist. 11 – Anita Somani (D)*

Dist. 12 – Brian Stewart (R)*

Dist. 13 – Michael Skindell (D)*

Dist. 14 – Sean Brennan (D)*

Dist. 15 – Richard Dell’Aquila (D)

Dist. 16 – Bride Rose Sweeney (D)*

Dist. 17 – Tom Patton (R)*

Dist. 18 – Darnell Brewer (D)*

Dist. 19 – Phillip Robinson (D)*

Dist. 20 – Terrence Upchurch (D)*

Dist. 21 – Elliot Forhan (D)

Dist. 22 – Juanita Brent (D)*

Dist. 23 – Daniel Troy (D)*

Dist. 24 – Dani Isaacsohn (D)

Dist. 25 – Cecil Thomas (D)*

Dist. 26 – Sedrick Denson (D)*

Dist. 27 – Rachel Baker (D)*

Dist. 28 – Jessica Miranda (D)*

Dist. 29 – Cindy Abrams (R)*

Dist. 30 – Bill Seitz (R)*

Dist. 31 – Bill Roemer (R)*

Dist. 32 – Bob Young (R)*

Dist. 33 – Tavia Galonski (D)*

Dist. 34 – Casey Weinstein (D)*

Dist. 35 – Steve Demetriou (R)

Dist. 36 – Andrea White (R)*

Dist. 37 – Tom Young (R)*

Dist. 38 – Willis Blackshear (D)*

Dist. 39 – Phil Plummer (R)*

Dist. 40 – Rodney Creech (R)

Dist. 41 – Josh Williams (R)*

Dist. 42 – Derek Merrin (R)

Dist. 43 – Michele Grim (D)

Dist. 44 – Elgin Rogers (D)

Dist. 45 – Jennifer Gross (R)

Dist. 46 – Thomas Hall (R)*

Dist. 47 – Sara Carruthers (R)*

Dist. 48 – Scott Oelslager (R)*

Dist. 49 – Jim Thomas (R)

Dist. 50 – Reggie Stoltzfus (R)*

Dist. 51 – Brett Hillyer (R)*

Dist. 52 – Gayle Manning (R)*

Dist. 53 – Joe Miller (D)*

Dist. 54 – Dick Stein (R)

Dist. 55 – Scott Lipps (R)

Dist. 56 – Adam Mathews (R)*

Dist. 57 – Jamie Callender (R)*

Dist. 58 – Al Cutrona (R)*

Dist. 59 – Lauren McNally (D)

Dist. 60 – Kris Jordan (R)

Dist. 61 – Beth Lear (R)

Dist. 62 – Jean Schmidt (R)

Dist. 63 – Adam Bird (R)*

Dist. 64 – Nick Santucci (R)

Dist. 65 – Mike Loychik (R)

Dist. 66 – Sharon Ray (R)*

Dist. 67 – Melanie Miller (R)*

Dist. 68 – Thad Claggett (R)

Dist. 69 – Kevin Miller (R)*

Dist. 70 – Brian Lampton (R)*

Dist. 71 – Bill Dean (R)

Dist. 72 – Gail Pavliga (R)*

Dist. 73 – Jeffrey LaRe (R)*

Dist. 74 – Bernard Willis (R)

Dist. 75 – Haraz Ghanbari (R)*

Dist. 76 – Marilyn John (R)*

Dist. 77 – Scott Wiggam (R)*

Dist. 78 – Susan Manchester (R)*

Dist. 79 – Monica Robb Blasdel (R)

Dist. 80 – Jena Powell (R)

Dist. 81 – James Hoops (R)*

Dist. 82 – Roy Klopfenstein (R)

Dist. 83 – Jon Cross (R)*

Dist. 84 – Angela King (R)*

Dist. 85 – Tim Barhorst (R)

Dist. 86 – Tracy Richardson (R)*

Dist. 87 – Riordan McClain (R)*

Dist. 88 – Gary Click (R)

Dist. 89 – DJ Swearingen (R)*

Dist. 90 – Brian Baldridge (R)*

Dist. 91 – Bob Peterson (R)*

Dist. 92 – Mark Johnson (R)*

Dist. 93 – Jason Stephens (R)*

Dist. 94 – Jay Edwards (R)*

Dist. 95 – Don Jones (R)*

Dist. 96 – Ron Ferguson (R)

Dist. 97 – Adam Holmes (R)*

Dist. 98 – Darrell Kick (R)*

Dist. 99 – Sarah Fowler Arthur (R)





































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