2011 Election Results
November 10, 2011
Ohio Issue 2 went down this week, by a three-to-two margin, 61% to 39%. It was outspent roughly three to one. The total “We Are Ohio” campaign was “more than $30 million”, most of which apparently came from out of state (source: first article again):
Labor went all in. National unions are estimated to have spent some $25 million on a methodical and unified campaign against the initiative . . . .
So it goes, but I don’t think this is the end of the fight with public-sector unions; I think it’s the beginning. Wisconsin has won its fight so far, repelling liberals’ counterattacks in the judicial election (Justice Prosser) and holding their own in the recall elections; so Republicans in the future should not (or no longer) consider it politically impossible or suicidal to take on the government unions.
Meanwhile Issue 3, an amendment to the Ohio constitution attempting to nullify the individual mandate of Obamacare, won by an even bigger margin, about two to one (source: id.).
For Cincinnati City Council, unfortunately, conservatives lost, returning Cincinnati to its historical norm of majority-liberal rule. It was even more lopsided than the loss on Issue 2:
- Four out of five conservative incumbents lost: Leslie Ghiz, Amy Murray, Wayne Lippert, and Chris Bortz. Only Republican-endorsed Charlie Winburn held on.
- Conservative newcomer Catherine Smith Mills also lost, although ambiguously conservative former councilman Christopher Smitherman was elected again.
- All four liberal incumbents were re-elected: Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan, Cecil Thomas, and Wendell Young.
- Liberal newcomers Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach, and P. G. Sittenfeld also won.