“Election results: Ohio voters approve abortion protections; Kentucky re-elects Democrat”
Competitive races in dozens of states provided insights into what voters are thinking ahead of 2024, including further evidence that voters remain motivated by the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which helped propel Democrats to victories in Kentucky and Virginia. There were also few signs that economic unease hurt incumbents. Voters in the conservative state of Ohio approved two ballot measures. The first will enshrine the right to reproductive care, including access to abortion, into the state constitution. The second will legalize recreational marijuana use. Both amendments require 50% thresholds after voters rejected a measure this year to raise the threshold. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, defeated Republican state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who has defended the state’s abortion ban.