COLUMBUS (WCMH) — With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Ohioans turned out to vote in astounding numbers for the 2018 midterm elections.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State Office, a total of 4,382,382 ballots were cast in the 2018 General Election. That equals to a turnout of 54.3 percent for the state.
The number was similar in Franklin County were 54.05 percent of registered voters took part in the election. That’s 476,629 people in the county casting a ballot.
The unofficial results of the election can be found at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website
Republicans have retained their supermajority in the Ohio House, despite Democrats’ hopes that strong candidates and national momentum would help them cut into GOP legislative majorities.
With nearly all races called, House Republicans had secured at least 64 of 99 House seats, more than the 60 votes needed to flex powers like overriding vetoes and more easily placing constitutional amendments before voters. Democrats picked up three Republican seats, while Republicans took one held by a Democrat.
With Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine also retaining the party’s control of the governor’s office, outnumbered Democrats will continue to have little sway over state law-making. DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer protection chief, in the governor’s race Tuesday.
Republicans, as expected, also retained control of the Ohio Senate.