Ohio Primaries Bring Mixed Emotions

Independents, Tea Party candidates lose
Photo Credit: Andy Myers, Xenia Tea Party Rally

With the primaries behind us, the political atmosphere in Greene County is quickly returning to the status quo.  Tea Party affiliated candidates lost in general by large margins, and no big surprises shocked county voters at the end of the day.  Big spending by Republican incumbents and insiders brought easy victories.

At a local level decisive victories were secured by incumbent County Commissioner Alan Anderson, who received almost 79% of the Republican vote.  In the battle with John Mitchel for the 7th U.S. district, incumbent Steve Austria received 83% of the vote.  For State races, Seth Morgan was defeated by David Yost in Greene County by just a few hudred votes, with Yost winning the nomination for the November election.

With the status quo and the Republican incumbents winning virtually all races, Tea Party supporters are now struggling to understand what happened, and what the future of their movement is in relation to the GOP.  Dayton Daily News claims that the significance of the Tea Party affiliation for Seth Morgan was "overrated."  The same claim was made about the race between John Hustead and Sandra O'Brien, which brought to light what seems to be bad blood between the GOP establishment and Tea Party groups when Hustead with the Ohio GOP were accused of declaring war on the Tea Party movement.

Chris Littleton, president of the Ohio Liberty Council wrote in a blog post that "Husted and the ORP have declared war on the Tea Party movement by stealing the brand of the Tea Party leadin voters to believe they have always supported Tea Party Values."

Littletown said, "Over the last 20 years (mostly GOP controlled), they insured that Ohio became the 4th worst business friendly climate in America. Clearly the ORP was an unequivocal disaster when it comes to “Tea Party” values. To put this in perspective, over 20 years, Ohio has only created about 176,000 non-government jobs."

With the November elections not far, the Tea Party movement will have to not only find its footing if it wants to be relevant during a major election, but will also have to rethink its relationship with the Ohio Republican Party, if the relationship is still there at all.


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