Ohio 2020 election results
The state has 18 electoral votes at stake in the presidential race.
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ABC News projects Donald Trump will win in Ohio.
Voters in the battleground state of Ohio head to the polls Tuesday and the midwestern state has 18 electoral votes at stake in the presidential race.
Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
According to the secretary of state, more than 2.2 million Ohioans cast their ballot early — by mail or in person.
The presidential candidate who won Ohio has also won the presidency in every election since 1960. President Donald Trump won the state by eight points in 2016.
ABC News currently rates the race as a toss-up. Candidates or their surrogates have visited the swing state more than a dozen times over the last two months in an attempt to sway voters.
There aren’t any Senate or gubernatorial races in the state this cycle. Ohio Republicans fended off the blue wave in 2018, but Democrats are hoping to flip several congressional districts in the state.
In Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Cincinnati suburbs, Democrat Kate Schroder is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Chabot. In the state’s 12th Congressional District, which includes the Columbus suburbs, Republican Rep. Troy Balderson, who won in 2018 by less than 5%, is facing a challenge from Democrat Alaina Shearer.
And in the Ohio 10th Congressional District, covering Dayton and its suburbs, Republican Rep. Mike Turner is running against Democrat Desiree Tims, who, if elected, would be the second youngest African American woman elected to Congress in history.
*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.
Ohio 2020 election results.
RESULTS: Republican incumbent Rep. Troy Balderson projected to win against Democrat Alaina Shearer in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District
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After finishing his first full term, GOP Rep. Troy Balderson is projected to win a second term in his House seat against Democratic challenger Alaina Shearer.
Balderson is a former state senator and state representative in Ohio, positions he held for 12 years in total. He was first elected to the US House of Representatives in a high-profile 2018 special election held after former Rep. Pat Tiberi announced his resignation from office to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.
In the special election, Balderson defeated Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor by just 0.8 percentage points. He later defeated O’Connor in the 2018 midterm election by 4.2 percentage points. In Congress, Balderson serves on the Committees on Science, Space & Technology, Small Business, and Transportation & Infrastructure.
Shearer, Balderson’s Democratic challenger, is a former radio reporter and news anchor and winner of two Associated Press awards. She is the founder of a small business which connects women in digital media, now known as Together Digital. Shearer is running her campaign on growing small businesses in Ohio, supporting the passage of the Equality Act, and legalizing marijuana.
A recent internal poll conducted for Shearer’s campaign by Public Policy Polling from October 14-15 found Balderson leading Shearer by four points, 48% to 44%, among registered voters.
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Ohio’s 12th Congressional District is located in the central region of the state outside of the city of Columbus and is home to all of Delaware, Morrow, and Licking counties, as well as parts of Franklin, Marion, Richland, and Muskingum counties.
For the 2016 presidential election, the 12th District voted for now-President Donald Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by nine points, 53% to 42%, according to Daily Kos.
The money race
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Balderson has raised over $1.9 million, spent over $1.3 million, and has over $654,000 in cash on hand while Shearer has raised over $915,000, spent a little over $776,000, and has $138,000 in cash on hand.
What some of the experts said
The race between Balderson and Shearer was rated as “safe Republican” by Inside Elections and “likely Republican” by the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Balderson, who was first elected in a 2018 special election, is projected to win against Democratic challenger Shearer, a former journalist.