CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio congressional districts that were designed to favor candidates from particular political parties paid off for the state’s incumbents on Tuesday when all were re-elected.
Republican incumbents Steve Chabot of Cincinnati, Mike Turner of Dayton and Troy Balderson of Zanesville staved off well-funded Democratic challengers, while Northeast Ohio’s office-holders had an easier time retaining their jobs.
Ohio’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation will continue to have four Democrats and 12 Republicans thanks to a gerrymandered congressional map drawn by Republicans, which packed the highest possible number of Democratic voters into the fewest congressional districts to maximize the number of Republicans that could be elected.
Champaign County’s Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, won around 2/3 of the vote against Democrat Shannon Freshour of Marysville and Libertarian Steve Perkins, an educator who lives outside the district in Pataskala. The 4th congressional district he represents encompasses Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan, Champaign, Union, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties, and parts of Huron, Erie, Lorain, Mercer and Marion counties.
Holmes County Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs was easily re-elected in the 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Medina, Lorain, Huron, Richland Stark and Tuscarawas counties and all of Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes and Knox counties. With most of the results in, he had 67 percent of the vote against Democrat Quentin Potter of Canton and Libertarian Brandon Lape of Danville. Gibbs released a statement to thank voters for their support.
“Every election is an opportunity for the American people’s voice to be heard,” says Gibbs. “As every election before, I will take their voices to Washington, represent the men and women of the Seventh District, and make sure their voices are loud and clear. We started the year with a booming economy and opportunity for all Americans. I am confident we will be able to return to a safe, healthy, and prosperous America.”
Ohio’s longest serving member of Congress – Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur – continued her streak on Tuesday, defeating Republican Rob Weber of Henrietta Township. Her 9th congressional district stretches along Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo.
Incumbent Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge defeated Republican Laverne Gore in the 11th congressional district, which includes the east side of Cleveland and many of its eastern suburbs, as well as parts of Akron.
Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of the Niles area, who made a brief presidential run last year, beat former Republican state legislator Christina Hagan of Alliance and Libertarian Michael Fricke of Kent. The 13th congressional district he represents includes all of Mahoning County and sections of Portage, Summit, Stark and Trumbull counties.
Bainbridge Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce defeated Democrat Hillary Mueri of Painesville. His 14th congressional district includes all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, and sections of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Trumbull counties.
“Although much has changed in 2020, tonight’s results have proven that one thing remains the same: Northeast Ohioans know that when I go to Washington, I don’t put on a red or blue jersey, I wear red, white and blue to fight for them,” said a statement from Joyce.
In the 16th congressional district, freshman GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River got more than 60% of the vote against Democrat Aaron Paul Godfrey of Westlake. His district includes parts of Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Portage and Stark counties and all of Wayne County.
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