Ohio’s top Republicans – Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, of Lima; Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, also of Lima; Republican state Sen. Rob McColley, of Napoleon; and Republican state Rep. Jeff LaRe, of Violet Township, Fairfield County, who assumed Cupp’s and Huffman’s positions on the redistricting commission earlier this year after Cupp and Huffman stepped away from the process – announced they are appealing the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision ruling the state’s congressional map unconstitutional to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ohio Republicans – including Governor Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Auditor Keith Faber who were also members of the commission – have literally ignored the Ohio Supreme Court’s numerous orders that all maps submitted were unconstitutional.
Several recent polls show a statistical dead heat between Congressman Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is leading Republican J.D. Vance by 3 percentage points, according to a new Spectrum News-Siena College poll. 46% of likely Ohio voters indicated support for Ryan, compared to 43% who said they would vote for Vance, a gap within the poll’s margin of error with 9% said they didn’t know or had no opinion. A Marist College poll shows Vance up on Ryan 46% – 45% with a 3.6% margin of error. The same Marist College poll shows Vance up on Ryan 48% – 47% among voters who plan to definitely vote. The poll also showed Ohioans have a 40% favorable view of Ryan, 25% have an unfavorable view with 35% not sure compared to 30% having a favorable view of Vance, 36% unfavorable view and 34% unsure. Ryan leads 42% – 40% among unaffiliated voters.
Our core freedoms are a stake – and the November elections will shape the future of our state. All Ohioans must vote like their rights depend on it – because they do. The ACLU of Ohio has created a candidate profile, the first-of-its-kind, for the Ohio Supreme Court races.
The midterms will decide more than just Ohio’s races for U.S. Senate, governor and state lawmakers. The State Board of Education in Ohio has five seats open, and with education policy emerging as a topic of discussion the past year, educators are urging more people to learn why these races are important. Check your sample ballot for names of your state board of education candidates. As a reminder: This is a non-partisan race. Thus, candidates will not have party affiliation behind their name. KNOW YOUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE!