Ohio voters showed up to the polls to make sure this bell weather state maintains its status as a battleground necessary to win the presidency. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Ohio has voted for the winner of the White House in every presidential election since 1960. This year proved to be no different.
The culmination of the 2016 election ended with Donald Trump defeating Secretary Hillary Clinton by nearly nine-points in Ohio, the largest margin of defeat for the presidential race since 1988. Ohio Farm Bureau has never named a Friend of Agriculture candidate for the Presidential race in the General Election.
Republican Rob Portman, a Friend of Agriculture, was successful in his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate, with a large victory over challenger, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
Ohio Farm Bureau named Friends of Agriculture in 12 of the 16 US Congressional seats, with all 12 of those candidates, all incumbents, earning their seat.
All three Ohio Supreme Court candidates who were named a Friend of Agriculture earned a seat on the bench. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will retain her position, while Judge Pat Fischer and Judge Pat DeWine will join the bench in January.
In the Ohio Senate races, 14 candidates were named Friends of Agriculture, with 13 of those candidates elected to serve. Incumbent Friend of Agriculture, Democrat Lou Gentile, who represents District 30, was defeated by Republican challenger Frank Hoagland.
The Ohio House of Representatives yielded 76 of 79 Friend of Agriculture winners. Friend of Agriculture open seat candidates, John Rush (R), Matthew H. Wahlert (R), and Barb Niemeyer (D), were all unsuccessful in their state house bids.
Overall, the Friend of Agriculture process at Ohio Farm Bureau remains strong, with 96-percent of all Friend of Agriculture candidates winning their respective races. See the results of all races.
Friends of Agriculture are determined through incumbent surveys, voting record, County Farm Bureau reviews, and open seat screenings.