While Sen. Sherrod Brown defends Democrats’ majority in the Senate, three House members from Ohio are on the frontlines of Democrats’ quest for the House majority: Reps. Greg Landsman (OH-01), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Emilia Sykes (OH-13).
Even as Ohio lurched toward Republicans in the Trump era, Democrats have had some notable successes of late. In 2022, even as Democrats failed to flip Ohio’s open Senate seat, they held Rep. Tim Ryan’s open 13th District in Akron, Kaptur romped to reelection in a Trump +3 seat in the Toledo area and Democrats finally managed to topple Rep. Steve Chabot. Their most recent victory wasn’t a partisan race but rather a ballot initiative: On Nov. 7, Ohio voters resoundingly passed a ballot measure enshrining abortion rights into the state constitution, 57%-43%.
But while Issue 1 was a policy victory for Democrats, it hardly portends a blue wave in Ohio in 2024. In particular, Kaptur and Sykes will likely have to fend for themselves as President Joe Biden’s campaign focuses its money and attention on more competitive states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and
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