Nov 05, 2008
The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Boccieri, Driehaus win congressional seats for Democrats
Ohio added at least two seats to nationwide House of Representatives' gains for Democrats, election results tabulated early this morning indicate. The Democratic wins will evenly split the state's congressional delegation between Republicans and Democrats.
Democratic State Sen. John Boccieri of Alliance won 54 percent of the vote over Canton Republican Kirk Schuring to capture a congressional seat that retiring GOP Rep. Ralph Regula held for more than thirty years.
Boccieri said voters wanted change after years of Republican control over the country.
"Our campaign was focused on restoring the middle class and making sure people are able to go to work and have a job and be able to afford to send their kids to college and not spend an entire day's pay filling up their gas tank," said Boccieri.
In a district that includes much of Cincinnati, Ohio legislator Steve Driehaus defeated 14-year incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Chabot with 51.8 percent.
In a closely watched Columbus-area race, GOP Ohio Sen. Steve Stivers won 47.6 percent of the vote over Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy, a Democrat. The pair were contesting a seat vacated by the retirement of Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce.
In a press statement released last night, Stivers said the race was to close to call.
"People are tired of the name-calling and the incessant bickering in Congress, and want their legislators to get to work for the American people," Stivers said "I know that the three counties' Boards of Elections will work professionally and efficiently to declare a winner, and I will look forward to them completing their excellent work in this race."
When the new legislators take office, Democrats and Republicans will each control nine of Ohio's House seats, and one U.S. Senate seat.