The Associated Press has declared Steve Stivers, Pat Tiberi and Joyce Beatty winners in their respective Congressional races.
Voters pulled no surprises in three central Ohio Congressional races as Republican incumbents Pat Tiberi and Steve Stivers sailed to re-election and Democrat Joyce Beatty easily won in Franklin County’s 3rd District.
The wins were pretty much foolproof, born of last year’s Congressional redistricting in which Ohio went from 18 to 16 districts because of a stagnant population. Tiberi’s 12th District and Stivers’ 15th were among 12 drawn to favor Republicans, while Beatty’s 3rd was one of four considered safe for Democrats.
In the state’s lone dog fight featuring two incumbents tossed into the same district, Republican James B. Renacci won with 52?percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Betty Sutton in northern Ohio’s 16th District, which stretches from Ashland north to Medina and east to Canton.
Renacci, 53, of Wadsworth, will return to Congress for a second term after the contentious and expensive battle against Sutton, 49, a three-term Democrat from Copley Township. The race drew national attention, and outside groups spent nearly $10?million.
In a rematch of 2010 in eastern Ohio’s 6th District, Republican incumbent Bill Johnson, 67, fought off Democrat Charlie Wilson, 69, who tried to win back the seat he lost after two terms in Congress.
Johnson, a Marietta businessman and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, won 53?percent of the vote after casting Wilson, of Bridgeport, as the incumbent in the district along the Ohio River.
All 435 House seats were up for election yesterday, and Republicans retained the majority. Democrats needed to win 25 more seats than they had in this Congress to seize control.
In Ohio’s 3rd District, Beatty, 62, former minority leader of the Ohio House and vice president of outreach and engagement for Ohio State University, crushed her GOP opponent, Reynoldsburg City Councilman Chris Long, 54, with more than two-thirds of the vote. Libertarian Party candidate Richard Ehrbar, 30, and Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis, 56, finished a distant third and fourth, respectively.
Last night, Beatty said she hopes to be a “bridge” builder in a highly partisan Congress and “ make a difference. ... I’m going to Washington not for me, but all the folks in Ohio.”
Sixty-five percent Democratic, the district is wholly contained in Franklin County and includes most of Columbus as well as Bexley, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg and Whitehall.
In the 15th, Stivers, 47, of Upper Arlington, an Ohio Army National Guard colonel, easily defeated Democratic challenger Pat Lang, Athens city law director. Stivers won 60 percent of the vote for a second term in the district stretching from western Franklin and Madison counties south to Wilmington and east to McConnelsville.
Last night, Stivers also pledged to work with both parties to resolve the issues before Congress. “We all have to figure out how to roll up our sleeves and do the best we can for the American people,” he said. “Nobody is going to get everything we want, but we’ve got to move forward and make some decisions.”
In the 12th, Tiberi, 50, of Genoa Township, trounced Democratic challenger Jim Reese, a 33-year-old lawyer from Gahanna, grabbing 63?percent of the vote to win a seventh term. The district covers northeastern Franklin County north to Mansfield and east to Zanesville.
“People in central Ohio want Washington to get serious about job creation and deficit reductions,” Tiberi said. “I will continue to fight to reform our tax code, reduce burdensome regulations, cut spending and decrease our deficits — all of which will put us on the road to a stronger economy.”