President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term last night. Ohioans elected Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by a two point margin.
Democrats who packed into the new Columbus Downtown Hilton ballroom were already giddy with excitement after U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown defeated Republican Challenger Josh Mandel. But when they saw news that President Barack Obama had enough votes to be re-elected, a loud roar went up in the ballroom.
Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.
Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.
The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.
Democrat Sherrod Brown has won a new term in the U.S. Senate in Ohio after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country.
Brown withstood an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups to top Republican challenger Josh Mandel -- the state treasurer and a veteran of the Iraq war. In his victory speech, Brown told supporters those groups thought the state could be bought but says they "just didn't know Ohio."
For the fifth time in 100 years, Ohioans have rejected the chance to revisit Ohio's Constitution.
Such a forum would have allowed debate on issues such as redistricting, term limits, casino gambling and gay marriage. Instead, voters rejected Issue 1 in Tuesday's election by strong margins in every county.
Under state law, the question of calling a constitutional convention must be presented to voters every 20 years. Voters in an era of renewed interest in constitutional issues were thought to perhaps have more interest in a gathering to revise the founding document.