OHIO — State Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville), State Rep. Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill), State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) will retained their respective seats according to unofficial election night results. Voters also kept Judge Kristy Wilkin and Judge Peter Abele on the Fourth District Court of Appeals, while splitting between the incumbents on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Ohio voters, including those in Meigs and Gallia Counties, showed their support for President Donald Trump, who won Ohio with an election night vote margin of more than 400,000 votes.
Statewide, there are 311,519 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots to be counted according to the Ohio Secretary of State. All results are unofficial until the official vote count is held in each county later this month.
State House of Representatives
State Rep. Jay Edwards received 8,374 votes, while challenger Katie O’Neill received 2,230 votes in Meigs County.
The 94th Ohio House District also includes voters in Athens, Washington and Vinton Counties.
District-wide, Edwards received 30,709 votes, with O’Neill receiving 19,946 votes.
According to numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State website, results in those counties were as follows:
Athens County (56 of 56 precincts reporting) — Jay Edwards, 10,140; Katie O’Neill, 12,671;
Vinton (20 of 20 precincts reporting) — Jay Edwards, 1,512; Katie O’Neill, 571;
Washington (50 of 50 precincts reporting) — Jay Edwards, 10,683; Katie O’Neill, 4,474.
State Rep. Jason Stephens has been reelected to represent the 93rd District, which includes Gallia, Vinton, Lawrence and Jackson.
In Gallia County, Stephens received 10,562 votes, with 410 write-in votes. The lone write-in candidate was William “Tad” Saunders.
According to numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State website, Stephens received a total of 42,753 votes — 10,809 votes in Jackson County, 18,436 votes in Lawrence County and 2,766 votes in Vinton County. Write-in vote totals will not be reported until the official vote count.
Hoagland received 7,723 votes in Meigs County, with challenger Michael Fletcher receiving 2.545 votes.
The 30th Ohio Senate District also includes voters in Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Noble, Vinton, Washington.
With all precincts in the district reporting, Hoagland has 107,872 votes to 53,340 for Fletcher.
According to numbers provided by the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Hoagland won every county in the district but Athens.
6th Congressional District
Bill Johnson received 8,109 votes in Meigs County, with Democrat challenger Shawna Roberts receiving 2,364 votes.
In Gallia County, Johnson received 10,182 votes, with Roberts receiving 2,723 votes.
The 6th Congressional District in Ohio also includes voters in Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Scioto, Tuscarawas, and Washington.
According to numbers provided by the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Johnson won each of the counties in the district.
District-wide, Johnson received 243,540 votes, with Roberts receiving 84,237 votes.
Fourth District Court of Appeals
In the 4th District Court of Appeals race for the seat formerly held by Matthew McFarland, to which Kristy Wilkin was appointed earlier this year, Wilkin leads challenger Stacy Brooks.
Wilkin received 4,450 votes in Meigs County, to 3,783 votes for Brooks in the county.
Wilkin received 5,867 votes in Gallia County, with Brooks receiving 4,487 votes.
The 4th District Court of Appeals in Ohio also includes voters in Adams, Athens, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington.
According to numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State website, with all precincts reporting, Wilkin received 112,816 votes, with Brooks receiving 100,357 votes.
Judge Peter Abele was unopposed in his reelection bid, receiving 177,776 votes district-wide.
Ohio Supreme Court
For the two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court, Meigs County voters supported incumbent Sharon L. Kennedy in the race against John P. O’Donnell, with Kennedy receiving 5,811 votes to 2,969 for O’Donnell.
In the second race between incumbent Judi French and challenger Jennifer Brunner, Meigs County voters favored Brunner with 4,579 votes to 3,835 for French.
In Gallia County, voters supported incumbents Kennedy and French. Kennedy received 7,146 votes, with challenger O’Donnell receiving 3,595 votes. French received 5,330 votes in Gallia County, narrowly edging out Brunner who received 5,257 votes.
State-wide, with all of Ohio’s 8,933 precincts reporting, Sharon Kennedy and Jennifer Brunner each hold a lead of more than 10 percent. Kennedy received 2,667,548 votes to O’Donnell’s 2,177,003. Brunner received 2,624,224 votes to French’s 2,125,979.
President of the United States
In Meigs County, Trump received 8,163 votes, with Biden receiving 2,452 votes.
In Gallia County, Trump received 10,289 votes, with Biden receiving 2,911 votes.
With all of Ohio’s 8,933 precincts reporting, Trump had received 3,074,418 votes, with Biden receiving 2,603,681 votes. Others receiving votes included Jo Jorgensen (L) 65,069 votes and Howie Hawkins (I) 18,032 votes.
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Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.