While the Democrats seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republicans retained the Senate majority.
Here are seven local and national updates that you need to know this morning:
1. Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats take the HouseThe Associated Press has joined other outlets in reporting that Democrats have secured at least 218 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning majority control. Democrats gained at least two dozen House seats Tuesday. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America’s suburbs.
2. Issue 1 overwhelmingly failsOhio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results. The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about the impact removing the threat of punishment would have on Ohio’s drug courts. READ MORE
3. DeWine beats Cordray for governor Republican Mike DeWine won Ohio’s governor race Tuesday in a big night for the GOP, which swept the down ticket executive offices – attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer – for the third consecutive statewide election cycle.
DeWine saluted his Democratic opponent Richard Cordray, who he said “fought a tough, tough race – about as tough as I want.” READ MORE
4. Dayton supports marijuana decriminalization
Nearly three-quarters of Dayton voters said yes Tuesday to Issue 8, which asked if they wished to decriminalize misdemeanor marijuana offenses, according to unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. READ MORE
5. Georgia still awaits call for governor’s race Georgia’s hotly contested and potentially historic governor’s race may not be over yet, with Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp awaiting the final accounting of absentee and provisional ballots. With reported votes approaching 3.8 million, Kemp was just shy of 51 percent, but Abrams and her campaign said there were enough ballots outstanding, particularly absentee ballots in heavily Democratic metro Atlanta counties, to bring the Republican below the majority threshold required for victory. READ MORE
6. The vote to determine control of the House featured significant milestones. The candidates included 237 women, more than ever before. Among the winners were the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and several who broke racial or other barriers. Check out some of the Republicans and Democrats that broke barriers this election.
7. Cruz defeats O’Rourke in hotly contested race
Cruz held off the Democratic rising star to win re-election. O’Rourke attracted a national following, shattered fundraising records and picked up several celebrity endorsements, including Beyonce posting pictures of herself Tuesday on Instagram wearing a Beto baseball cap. Here’s what O’Rourke said in his concession speech.