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Ohio Issue 2 And 3 Vote Analysis And Governor Kasich Response

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/11/09

Last night, Ohio Issue 2 went down in defeat while Issue 3 was victorious. Almost immediately after the outcome was decided, and well before all the counting had been completed, Governor Kasich sent me an email.

The final unofficial results show Issue 2 failed 39 percent to 61 percent, with those voting for Issue 2 numbering 1,351,543 and those voting against Issue 2 numbering 2,143,792. 5 of the 88 counties reached above 50 percent yes votes, while in 1 more county, the yes vote won a 50/50 margin. In 3 additional counties, the yes vote lost a 50/50 margin. That means the 79 other counties contributed an even more lopsided defeat.

The Public Employee Unions spent millions of tax-payer dollars to defeat Issue 2, and not just Ohio tax-payer dollars, but Pennsylvania tax-payer money, California tax-payer money, Massachusetts tax-payer money, … You get the picture. Because all Public Employee Union dues are tax-payer dollars. Every last cent of them. PEUs won the ability to continue extorting exorbitant benefits packages and pay packages that are head and shoulders above that of the private sector workplace that pays them.

What does this mean for Ohio, moving forward? It means fewer teachers, fewer firefighters, fewer police officers at higher costs. Because the State, local municipalities, public school districts will need to find a different method to reduce their costs than to bring PEU benefits packages closer in line with the average Joe’s benefits package. And that means reducing the workforce. And possibly even increasing taxes on the backs of the people who are already over-taxed and over-burdened as it is. It means a less business friendly environment and less economic opportunity in Ohio, at a time when Ohio is just starting to turn the corner on a very bad economic condition created by Big Government, anti-business folks who came before Governor Kasich.

And it means what progress was started in 2011 will be stymied at just the time the current President needs Ohio growth for the 2012 election. Can you say “pyrrhic victory”? Because that’s ultimately what this will be for the Democrats and their Union cohorts.

Issue 3 is a different matter. Issue 3 was the direct result of ObamaCare, a counter to ObamaCare, an attempt to bring ObamaCare to a screeching halt. And it was passed in dramatic fashion. In fact, it was passed in a much more dramatic fashion than the Issue 2 failure. Issue 3 passed 66 percent to 34 percent, with the final unofficial vote count being 2,219,717 for and 1,162,731 against. This spells trouble for Democrats come the 2012 election cycle. Republicans can use ObamaCare against Democrats running for office and that will harm Democrat chances. But the county-by-county numbers are even worse for the Democrats, as not a single county voted against Issue 3. Not even the solidly Democrat counties. Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) voted 58 percent to 42 percent in favor of Issue 3. Lorain County (Lorain, big city suburb of Cleveland and home to a Ford assembly plant) voted 65 percent to 35 percent in favor of Issue 3. Summit County (Akron, think steel and Firestone tires) voted 64 percent to 36 percent in favor of Issue 3. Stark County (Canton, next-door neighbor to Akron and home of Pro Football Hall of Fame) voted 66 percent to 34 percent in favor of Issue 3. Franklin County (Columbus, Ohio’s Capitol with Ohio State University and Nationwide Insurance) voted 59 percent to 41 percent in favor of Issue 3. No county voted Issue 3 down.

Issue 2 will effect 2012 but in reverse fashion and behind the scenes. The defeat of Issue 2 will bring economic and tax harm to Ohio, driving people to vote more Republican in the 2012 elections. But Issue 2 won’t get the blame. Issue 3 will directly effect 2012 as it will be the proof needed for Republicans to hammer Democrats on their support of ObamaCare when 2/3 of Ohio voters declared Ohio needed an anti-ObamaCare Constitutional Amendment to stop the Democrat leadership from doing what it did.

All in all, don’t expect Obama to win Ohio in 2012. In fact, expect Sherrod Brown to have a very difficult time being re-elected to the US Senate. And expect Democrats to not gain any ground in the US House out of Ohio.

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Ohio Issue 2 And Issue 3 Voting Is Today

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/11/08

In Ohio, voters will decide on statewide ballot issues. Issue 2, if passed, “would permit workers to negotiate on wages but not on pensions or health care benefits. It also bans public-worker strikes, scraps binding arbitration and eliminates annual pay raises for teachers.” And Issue 3, if passed, would add an amendment to the Ohio Constitution making it unconstitutional to require a person buy health insurance or prevent a person from buying health insurance of his or her choice or penalize a person for the health insurance purchased. In short, it’s the anti-ObamaCare, anti-RomneyCare Constitutional Amendment.

The polls close at 7:30pm local time, and then the counting.

As of 8:00pm local time, Issue 2 is 34 percent yes, 66 percent no, with 5 of 9522 precincts reporting. Issue 3 is 58 percent yes, 42 percent no.

As of 8:12pm local time, Issue 2 stands at 33 percent yes, 67 percent no, with 8 precincts reporting. Issue 3 stands at 59 percent yes, 41 percent no, with 7 precincts reporting.

As of 8:24pm local time, Issue 2 remains at 33 percent yes, 67 percent no, with 124 of 9522 precincts reporting. Issue 3 stands at 61 percent yes, 39 percent no.

As of 8:34pm local time, Issue 2 stands at 36 yes to 64 no, with 340 of 9522 precincts reporting. Issue 3 stands at 63 yes to 37 no, with 314 precincts reporting.

As of 8:46pm local time, Issue 2 remains at 36 yes to 64 no, with 636 of 9522 precincts reporting, the no votes holding a 163,000-vote advantage. Issue 3 stands at 63 yes to 37 no, with 629 precincts reporting, the yes votes holding a 148,000-vote advantage.

As of 9:16pm local time, AP has called Issue 2 no. The voting stands at 37 percent yes to 63 percent no, with 1792 of 9522 precincts reporting, for a 243,000 vote advantage. Issue 3 is 65 yes to 35 no, with 1774 precincts reporting, for a 284,000 vote advantage but AP has not called it yet.

As of 9:37pm local time, Issue 2 stands at 38 percent yes to 62 percent no, with 2769 of 9522 precincts reporting. No holds a 310,000 vote advantage. AP has called Issue 3 yes. The voting stands at 66 percent yes to 34 percent no, with 2742 precincts reporting. Yes holds a 390,000 vote advantage.

Remember, Issue 3 is the anti-ObamaCare, anti-RomneyCare Ohio Constitutional Amendment. Candidates running on a pro-ObamneyCare position will not like Ohio very much.

As of 9:54pm local time, Issue 2 stands at 38 percent yes to 62 percent no, with 3549 precincts reporting. Issue 3 stands at 66 percent yes to 34 percent no, with 3519 precincts reporting.

As of 10:23pm local time, Issue 2 stands at 38 yes to 62 no, with 6,280 of 9,522 precincts reporting. No holds a 556,000 vote lead. Issue 3 stands at 66 yes to 34 no. Yes holds a 724,000 vote lead.

As of 11:01pm local time, Issue 2 is 39 yes to 61 no, with 8105 precincts reporting. The vote totals currently stand at:
Yes 1,163,473
No 1,851,829

Issue 3 is 66 yes to 34 no, with 8078 precincts reporting. The vote totals currently stand at:
Yes 1,921,725
No 994,083

As of 11:34pm local time, Issue 2 is 39 yes to 61 no, with 8825 of 9522 precincts reporting. Issue 3 is 66 yes to 34 no, with 8781 precincts reporting.

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