Close Ohio Senate Race Goes To The Democratic Candidate

Nov 28, 2018

Tina Maharath
Credit Tina Maharath for Ohio Senate

The results in a close central Ohio race for a state Senate seat have been certified after officials counted the remaining provisional and absentee ballots.  

The seat is the latest to flip from Republican to Democratic control. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Democratic nominee for state senate and first time candidate Tina Maharath was declared the winner over Representative Anne Gonzalez after the Franklin County Board of Elections finished its official tally.


Maharath had been trailing by around 300 votes, but received a majority of provisional ballots.


Democrats lost one Senate seat around Youngstown on Election Day, so they keep 9 seats to the Republicans’ 24.


The House also stays in Republican control, though Democrats made a net gain of 5 seats. Four close races have now been decided - two went Republican and two Democratic, though one of each will go to automatic recount.