Local election Day news and results for the 2018 midterms

Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 21:41:43-05

It’s the most important election of our lifetimes. 


Where to find election results
Real-time updates and final tallies of state and local races on our Election Results page 

Live results and coverage:

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Issue 1, which would have reduced drug possession penalties

Sherrod Brown wins re-election
Sen. Sherrod Brown won re-election to the U. S. Senate over Rep. Jim Renacci on Tuesday, according to ABC News, ending a nasty battle that Ohio voters will gladly put behind them. More here.

Watch out for that bus, Gov. Kasich!
In his speech on Tuesday night, Renacci called out Gov. John Kasich for not supporting President Trump.

Local House races

ABC News exit polls for Ohio
Donald Trump had a split-decision 49-49 percent job approval rating among Ohio voters today, in a state he won by 8 points in 2016. Those who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve by 7 points, 43-36 percent.

Democrats were outnumbered by Republicans among Ohio voters by 3 points in 2016, 34-37 percent, and it’s the same gap again today, 35-38 percent.

Conservatives accounted for a plurality of Ohio voters, 43 percent, in the 2014 gubernatorial race and 39 percent two years ago. Today, in data so far, they account for fewer voters, 37 percent.

The national economy is well-rated – 73 percent in Ohio say it’s in excellent or good shape, up dramatically from 34 percent in 2016 – but far fewer say Trump’s trade policies have helped their local economy (30 percent) or say his tax law has helped their own finances (28 percent).

Ohio voters picked health care as the top issue facing the country out of four choices offered; 41 percent choose it, far above the other choices. In a health-related issue – one that played prominently in the campaign – there’s vast concern about the government response to the opioid crisis – 28 percent approve, 61 percent disapprove.

Voter turnout surpasses 2014 total in Cuyahoga County
With about four hours left to vote, the total number of voters who turned out to vote in Cuyahoga County surpassed the total number of voters in the last midterm election in 2014.

Geauga County system glitch
Some voters in Geauga County Tuesday were incorrectly told at the polls they had already voted absentee due to a computer glitch, Geauga County Board of Elections Director Debbie Reiter confirmed.

You Voted!
Our viewers showed off selfies with their stickers after they hit the polls Tuesday. Check out a gallery of pictures here.

Power outage
The storm that rolled through Monday night in parts of Northeast Ohio caused widespread power outages. In Cuyahoga County, only one voting location was affected, Mike West, spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections confirmed Tuesday morning.

The Old Town Hall in Strongsville, 18825 Royalton Road, lost power Monday night. Despite the lack of electricity, the polls opened on time for voting and the location was supplied with power by a generator until full power was restored to the building.

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Everything you need to know to vote today
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