The Great Lakes became the Red Sea on Tuesday as Republicans steamed across the region with victory after victory.
Democrats took a beating in Ohio, losing races for governor, U.S. senator, all the state executive offices, five seats in Congress and numerous seats in the state legislature.
Gov. Ted Strickland was rejected for a second term, losing a close race to former U.S. Rep. John Kasich.
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher was trounced by Rob Portman, another former congressman and Cabinet member for President George W. Bush, in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. George Voinovich.
The defeat of five Democratic incumbents in Ohio congressional races left the GOP with a 13-5 advantage in the state's delegation to the U.S. House. Ohio now is entirely red except for a narrow band of blue stretching across the northern part of the state from Youngstown through Cleveland to Toledo.
Former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine unseated incumbent Attorney General Richard Cordray, and Republicans took the races for secretary of state, auditor and treasurer and gained the majority in the state House and strengthened their grip on the Senate. (Continues here)