Charlie Winburn

Sarah Ramsey

Despite being outspent by at least four-to-one, former Cincinnati council member Cecil Thomas held the 9th Ohio Senate District for the Democrats, rolling over Republican Charlie Winburn in an easy win.

With 100 percent of the unofficial vote counted, the 61-year-Democrat took 57 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Winburn.

Winburn spent over $300,000 since July trying to win the seat and become the only African-American Republican in the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus.

If Republican Charlie Winburn defeats Democrat Cecil Thomas in the 9th Ohio Senate District race on Nov. 4 – and that is a big “if” at this point - three things will happen:

Sarah Ramsey

9th Ohio Senate District:

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about the 9th Ohio Senate District race between Republican Charlie Winburn and Democrat Cecil Thomas; and Bill Clinton's message to Ohio Democrats.

When Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley unveiled his city budget plan in mid-May, his hand-picked chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Republican Charlie Winburn, vowed that the budget would be passed by June 4.

No waiting around until the last minute, Winburn said – which, in this case, would have been June 30.

And he did. Council passed that budget Wednesday, although they still have to deal with the issue of a water rate increase.

Tuesday’s primary was a low turnout affair. There was no county in southwest Ohio where the turnout reached 20 percent.

So a relative handful of Democratic and Republican voters got to choose the candidate for this this November’s election.

Many of the fall match-ups are mismatches. Most of the state legislative districts are so heavily Republican or Democratic that the primary winners will almost surely be the winners in the fall.

And, in county races, incumbents – both Democrat and Republican – have a distinct advantage.

Michael E. Keating

A couple of seats in the Ohio legislature could make for interesting races.  WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about one seat held by Democrats for decades where a formidable Republican could be running and another where the incumbent is facing charges and could be on trial during the election.