Corruption was a big issue on election night - and not just the national stories of Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, and the like. Ohio has been wrapped up in the "Coingate" scandal since it broke last spring. Today the primary figure in the scandal,Tom Noe, a top Republican fundraiser, was convicted on 29 criminal counts related to his embezzlement scheme from a rare-coin investment fund he managed for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
The scandal, which embroiled several notable Republican officials, is credited with hurting Ohio Republicans in the most recent round of elections. Noe was a big fundraiser for President Bush, and pled guilty earlier this year to funnelling money to his re-election campaign.