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.
In other Ohio election news, a Cleveland poll worker tried to bite off a voter’s nose.  “The elections board said the employee . . . wouldn’t be rehired.”
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6 Responses to “2011 Election Results”

  1. Eric Says:

    The more I hear the fireman, policeman and teachers tell me that I don’t have a clue about what Isue Two was about, the more I lose faith in the state of Ohio. They all think their above everyone else andare deserving of everything they get, regardless where it comes from. As a taxpayer of 32 years..I’m tired of my tax dollars going to these public workers pension or benefit packages. I would rather m tax dollars go to better the lives of people who actually try to get ahead..but today’s economy keeps holding them back. I see good people everyday..go to work, come home, get paid on Friday, only to struggle to get by. Living like that only makes people want to do whatever it takes, legal or not, to make sure they provide for their family. Issue 2 failing does not mean this is over..just wait and see.


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  3. […] you don’t like it, recall that in Ohio last year, Issue 2/S. B. 5 was outspent 3 to 1, or maybe more like 4 to 1: We Are Ohio raised more than $30 million for its campaign while […]


  4. […] Ohioans voted against Obamacare two to one in 2011. […]


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