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2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

A Split Republican Party in Ohio Could Set the Stage for Moderates in Four Years

photo of Rob Portman and John Kasich

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges says he will vote for presidential nominee Donald Trump. But the refusal to endorse Trump by top Ohio Republicans like Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman is still making waves.

Proud Trump supporters have made it very clear they aren’t happy with the snub from Kasich and Portman. Many have said they will be unwilling to vote for them in the future.

But a different story is playing out among moderates.

Anne Nelson of Upper Arlington, who’s a Hillary Clinton supporter, said she has a lot of respect for those leaders and is more likely to support someone like Kasich in the future.

“I think he’s a man of conviction, and he’s not being led by just simply party devotion.”

Karen Snyder, a Michigan voter who came down to Ohio to canvass for Clinton, added that she thinks Portman and Kasich have proven themselves to be free thinkers.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.