Aaron Pickrell

U.S Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on election night 2018, and Donald Trump in a rally in Delaware County in 2016.
Aleksei Pavloff/Rachel Niemi

There were some surprises buried in the results of the 2018 election, many of them for Democrats, who lost the five big statewide executive offices.  And they could be disappointing to non-partisans.

The maps of Ohio’s 2018 election results for governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer look a lot like the 2016 Ohio results map for president. And there are a lot of theories about why that is, and whether Ohio keeps its status as a “swing state” or if it’s now simply red.