Governor John Kasich easily swept past Democrat Ed FitzGerald for a second term as governor, winning 63.85% to FitzGerald’s 32.85%. The result is the largest margin of victory in a gubernatorial race since George Voinovich defeated Robert Burch for a second term in 1994 with 72% of the vote to Burch’s 25%. Green Party candidate Anita Rios was able to break the 2% threshold, ensuring that the party will be on the ballot in the next election without having to gather signatures. While Libertarian candidate Charlie Earl gathered enough raw signatures to obtain ballot access, he was ultimately removed from the ballot because technical faults in collection rendered many of his signatures invalid. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor will be sworn in for their second terms in early January.
Following the lead of Governor Kasich, the Republican incumbents in the other statewide races finished strong as well. Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor Dave Yost, Secretary of State Jon Husted and Treasurer Josh Mandel were all handily elected to second terms, each winning by more than 20 points. Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French also managed to hold off challengers to keep their seats.