While you may have seen the statewide numbers from Tuesday’s election, you may still want to know how Scioto County residents voted. Where Federal offices were involved, Scioto County went the same direction as the rest of the state, and where districts are involved, Scioto County voters followed suit with district voters.
A major news service, Reuters, came to town recently because of what was somewhat of a phenomenon. Portsmouth voters had selected Donald Trump in the March primary election, while the rest of the state went with Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Now, in the general election, Scioto County again went with Trump, like the rest of the state and the rest of the country. Scioto County gave 19,742 votes to the New York Republican and only 8,841 votes to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate. That was a plurality of 66.15 percent to 29.62 percent. Independent Gary Johnson, Jill Stein from the Green Party and write-in Richard Duncan shared the other 4.23 percent of the vote.
Rob Portman, a Cincinnati Republican, retained his seat by a two-thirds majority over Scioto County native Democrat Ted Strickland. In Scioto County, Portman picked up 18,694 votes to Strickland’s 9,866 votes. Non-partisan Tom Connors, Joseph R. Demare of the Green Party and Non-partisan Scott Rupert picked up the other 1,001 votes.
In Ohio’s Second Congressional District, which serves part of Scioto County, incumbent Republican Brad Wenstrup picked up 8,007 votes to his Democratic challenger, William R. Smith’s 5,577. What made that election interesting, was the decision made by the Democrat Party not to back their primary winner, Smith, and instead to support write-in candidate Janet Everhard. While Everhard’s name was not on the ballot, “write-in” picked up 129 votes or 0.07 percent of the vote.
Republican incumbent Bill Johnson rolled over his opponent, Democrat Michael L. Lorentz for the Sixth District, which also serves a segment of Scioto County. In Scioto County voters gave Johnson 10,538 votes to Lorentz’s 3,897.
Scioto County physician, Terry A. Johnson, ended up running unopposed and received 100 percent of the vote which amounted to 23,066 for State Representative from Ohio’s 90 District.
County Recorder Gail L. Alley, County Treasurer William K. Ogg, and County Coroner, Dr. Darren C. Adams ran unopposed.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor picked up 100 percent of the vote as she ran unopposed. Scioto Countians gave her 19,138 votes. Pat DeWine defeated Cynthia Rice with Scioto County voting for DeWine as well, 14,219 to 8,925. In an election yet to be determined, John P. O’Donnell garnered 11,239 votes in Scioto County to his opponent, Pat Fischer’s 10,139 for a 53 to 47 plurality for another seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Out of 45,975 registered voters in Scioto County, 30,324 cast ballots. That amounted to 65.96 percent of eligible voters. What remains to be counted on the provisional ballots. Scioto County Board of Elections Director Julia Gearheart said 942 provisional ballots are to be added to the total on Nov. 22, when the board will officially certify the election.
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