Most election results certified

Nov. 27 was the deadline for county boards of elections to complete their official canvass of the Nov. 6 general election and certify the results.

Democrat Tina Maharath was certified the winner of the 3rd Ohio Senate District, defeating Rep. Anne Gonzales, R-Westerville, who was looking to switch chambers. Although this race fell outside the 0.5% margin that triggers an automatic recount, the 43rd Ohio House District is headed to an automatic recount, the second one of this cycle along with the 28th Ohio House District.

Maharath’s win means Senate Democrats will continue to have nine seats in the upper chamber after losing an open Mahoning Valley-area seat now held by term-limited Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman.

In the 28th Ohio House District, Rep. Jonathan Dever, R-Cincinnati, conceded Friday after an initial hand recount showed no change in a 56-vote margin in favor of Democrat Jessica Miranda. Miranda had trailed Dever after election night by 303 votes.

In Mahoning County, Republican Don Manning officially won the 59th House District over Democrat Eric Ungaro by a margin of 375 votes. The seat is currently held by Rep. John Boccieri, D-Poland, and is the lone pickup for the House Republican Caucus in this cycle. The margin of victory is above the half percentage point needed to trigger a recount.

In the 43rd House District, covering Montgomery and Preble counties, Rep. J. Todd Smith’s, R-Germantown, lead over Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley shrank to 143 votes, down from a 462-vote margin on Election Day and putting the race within the half of a percentage point margin of error to trigger a recount.

Because the district spans more than one county, Ohio law requires the secretary of state’s office to order the recount, though the actual date and time of the recount is set by the counties. The statute requires the recount to take place within 10 days from the date it is ordered. A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said he has not ordered the recount yet.

Overall, OSCPA endorsed in 114 races to elect pro-business candidates, and had a 90% success rate. Additionally, six of eight endorsed statewide candidates were victorious.

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