Ohio Democrats, who got absolutely creamed in the 2010 elections, have now won a major victory over Republican Gov. John Kasich — massively winning a referendum to repeal Kasich’s anti-public employee union law.
With 19% of precincts reporting — which includes a significant chunk of the total ballots, due to early-votes being counted quickly — the bill known as SB 5 is losing by a margin of 63%-37%, and the “No” position has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press.
Pre-election polling showed the No campaign winning by over 20 points — and it seemed possible at time of writing that the final margin might even surpass this.
As TPM has documented, SB 5 has become a political poster child for Democrats pushing against Republicans, following the 2010 GOP wave, with the Dems and labor unions mobilizing while at the same time Kasich’s popularity tanked in the polls.
- Dems use Ohio vote as ’12 ammo (politico.com)
- What If… Wisconsin were Ohio? (quomodocumque.wordpress.com)
- It’s Time to Wake Up and Smell Election Day. Right Now. (esquire.com)
- Ohio Issue 2: Voters To Decide Fate Of Collective Bargaining Law (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ohio Governor Kasich’s Struggles Extend Beyond Election Day (swampland.time.com)