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2020 Election Update

Heading into the 2020 election, Republicans controlled the Ohio House 61 to 38. Democrats flipped one seat and lost four seats for a net loss of three seats; Republicans now control the chamber 64 to 35. EveryDistrict endorsed successful Democratic challenger Monique Smith (HD 16). Democrats lost HDs 63, 75, 96, and 99. EveryDistrict also endorsed Joan Sweeny (HD 7), Nancy Day-Achauer (HD 23), Amy Cox (HD 43), and Zach Stepp (HD 55).

The below table shows 2020 and 2018 election results for the Ohio House. The LDI scores are for the 2020 cycle. EveryDistrict will release new scores and district rankings after the redistricting process.

2018 Election Update

After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Ohio State House 66-33. In the 2018 election, Democrats flipped six Republican-held seats and lost one Democratic-held seat for a net gain of five seats. Republicans now control the chamber 61-38.

EveryDistrict endorsed all six of the successful Democratic challengers: Phil Robinson (HD 6), Mary Lightbody (HD 19), Beth Liston (HD 21), Allison Russo (HD 24), Jessica Miranda (HD 28), and Casey Weinstein (HD 37). Democrats lost HD 59.

EveryDistrict identified ten other districts as competitive and endorsed candidates in four of those districts: Russ Harris (HD 23), Dan Foley (HD 43), Joe Helle (HD 89), and Taylor Sappington (HD 94).

Understanding the Map

EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) is the gold standard of state legislative competitiveness. Our LDI ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).

After the 2018 election, EveryDistrict reviewed and enhanced our LDI system, improving the accuracy of the metric with new methodologies and the most recent electoral data.

For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.