Last week, Ohio voters decisively rejected the Issue 1 proposal, which would have raised the threshold to amend the state constitution from a simple majority to 60 percent. The impetus for this proposal was to derail an upcoming vote this fall on enshrining abortion rights into the state's constitution.

While much of the media attention around the issue has centered on the continued backlash to abortion restrictions, even in red states, its immediate impact is likely to be felt in the GOP Senate primary.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose, one of the faces of the Issue 1 campaign, is also one of three Republican candidates vying for the chance to face Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2024. Democrats and LaRose's Republican opponents are hoping the loss ultimately derails his campaign.

Democrats see optimism in the outcome, pointing out that the organizing done — first through the campaign to defeat Issue 1, and now to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution this fall — will only benefit them in the long run. And in an increasingly reddening

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