LIMA — Voters in the region decided to leave their representation to Columbus unchanged, based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.
State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, won re-election in his 12th District race against political newcomer and Democrat Ken Poling. Huffman won 79.1% of the vote, with 78% of the precincts reporting.
Huffman is expected to become president of the senate when it convenes in January, possibly putting Republican men from Lima in leadership positions with both the Senate and the House. State Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, was unopposed and won re-election to the 4th District, and he’s currently serving as Speaker of the House, a position he could retain in the new year.
The 12th Senate District includes all of Allen, Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties and parts of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties. The 4th House District includes all of Allen County.
Susan Manchester also won re-election in her race for the 84th District House seat. The Republican from Waynesfield picked up 84.2% of votes, compared to challenger Joseph Monbeck’s 15.8%, with 69% of precincts counted. The 84th District includes all of Mercer and parts of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.
In the 82nd and 84th districts, incumbents faced challenges from write-in candidates. Write-in votes won’t be tallied until a future date.
In the 82nd District, Republican incumbent Craig Riedel did pick up 42,704 votes in his race against write-in candidate Elecia Wobler, a Democrat, with 95% of precincts counted. The district includes all of Paulding and Van Wert counties and part of Auglaize County.
In the 84th District, incumbent James Hoops, a Republican, appears to have a win against write-in candidate Janet Breneman, gathering 47,802 votes with 86% of precincts counted.