NPR's Peter Overby looks at the relationship between campaign ad money and victory in Senate races, or lack thereof. The Brown-Mandel race in Ohio is one of the major examples in which major ad expenditures did not end in victory.
The battle for the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness. In Ohio and Virginia, it failed in rather dramatic ways.
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.