Primary results and the leaked abortion ruling

Democratic nominee for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley hugs supporters before delivering a victory speech during the election night watch party for democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Nan Whaley at Montgomery County Democratic Party Headquarters in downtown Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, defeated former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley in Tuesday’s democratic primary race to become the first female candidate nominated for governor of Ohio.

Author J.D. Vance won Ohio’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Democrats nominated the first female nominee for governor in Ohio history, and a leaked decision on abortion sent everyone scrambling. 

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by statehouse bureau chief Anthony Shoemaker.  

1) Vance vs. Ryan 

Voters will have a choice between author and political newcomer J.D. Vance and northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan this November. The two men won their respective primaries on Tuesday.

Ryan ran away with the Democratic nomination, but Vance was fighting against a much larger Republican field. He won 32% of GOP voters on May 3 after winning Trump’s endorsement in April.

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