Issue 1 Defeated in Ohio
Where so many Ohio Republicans voted 'no'
In recent years, Ohio has been trending Republican. Once viewed as a typical swing state, Ohio backed Donald Trump for president in 2016 and again in 2020. Its state government is dominated by Republicans.
However, on August 8, 2023, voters rejected a GOP-led effort to make it tougher to amend the state constitution as a ballot measure to guarantee access to abortion looms in November.
Fifteen counties that voted for Trump in 2020 opposed the Republican proposal to raise the bar for passing constitutional amendments, while 66 counties that supported the former president voted in favor of Issue 1. All seven counties that swung for Joe Biden toed the Democratic line and opposed Tuesday's ballot measure.
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