|Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH)|
CLEVELAND, Ohio- Incumbent Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, swept to an easy gubernatorial victory Tuesday evening, winning a second four-year term over Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Fitzgerald, and the Republicans went on to win reelection to the entire statewide ticket, including treasurer, auditor, attorney general, and secretary of state.
Cuyahoga County, which includes the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland and 58 other municipalities, villages or townships, is the largest of Ohio's 88 counties and is roughly 29 percent Black.
Fours years ago the Republicans initiated a sweep of statewide offices that saw
Kasich oust Democrat Ted Strickland in a close election.
The Republicans already control the U.S. House of Representatives and controlling both chambers places Democratic President Barack Obama in a more compromising position, political pundits have said.
What the future holds for FitzGerald, who lost in his own Cuyahoga County, a Democratic stronghold, remains to be seen, though he is relatively young politically at 46-years-old, and holds a law licence and a background as a former mayor of Lakewood, Ohio and former FBI agent.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern , who lost his statehouse seat, quit Tuesday night after the stunning but relatively expected Republican sweep of statewide offices.
|State Senator Nina Turner (D-24)|
Turner gave her concession speech at the Vada Restaurant
on Cleveland's east side and thanked her supporters.
Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French, who beat Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, both won six-year terms to the high court, lending credence to a complete Republican blowout of statewide offices. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)