Once the news of President Obama's reelection spread, the congratulations started raining in. NPR's Philip Reeves reports that one of the first messages came from British Prime Minister David Cameron. "Above all congratulations to Barack Obama," Cameron said during a trip to Jordan.
“The drama went to Ohio,” said retired political reporter, Bill Hershey, as he reflected on the Buckeye’s state 2012 cliff-hanger Presidential election results. In a narrow but clear victory, Obama won nearly 51 percent of Ohio voter support. When asked, “What sealed the deal for the President,” Hershey replied, “The Get-Out-the-Vote efforts.”
Hershey also felt the President’s auto rescue plan strongly linked UAW workers with Obama support. He commented further that voter turnout across Ohio drew auto workers to the polls, not just from Chrysler and GM, but also Ford.
The race for three Clark County Commission seats produced two clear winners Tuesday night and one race that looks like it will be heading for a recount. In Montgomery County, two hotly-contested commission races went to Democrats. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports.
In Clark County, Republican Ross McGregor defeated Democratic challenger David Herier 55 percent to 44 percent.
Republican incumbent John Detrick took 56 percent of the vote to turn back his opponent, Democratic Douglas Geyer.
A long and contentious battle for the Ohio Senate has ended in a victory for incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown. Even as late as Monday though, the latest Rasmussen poll showed that Josh Mandel had some a long way in closing the gap with Brown. He was just down 2 points among likely voters.
The three debates held by the candidates, could at least be described as 'heated,' and at times vitriolic, but in the end, Brown prevailed in yesterday's election by a fairly wide margin, 50.36% - 45.05%, despite reports of big outside money coming in to Mandel's campaign.
President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term last night. Ohioans elected Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by a two point margin. Ohio Democratic party Chairman Chris Redfern said he believes President Obama's bailout of the auto industry was a major factor in why Ohioans voted to re-elect him. When asked whether Republicans lost because they have become too closely aligned with the most conservative members of the party, Redfern responds this way: