Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher was chosen over Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner as the Democratic candidate for this fall's U.S. Senate race. Fisher received the support of about 55% of voters to Brunner's 45%. While Brunner had a strong showing, winning in 35 counties including Hamilton County, Fisher prevailed. He posted decisive wins in the Cleveland, Dayton, Akron and Canton areas. Fisher will face Republican Rob Portman, Constitution Party candidate Eric Deaton and Socialist Party candidate Daniel LaBotz this fall.
State Senator Jon Husted won over Sandra O'Brien, former Ashtabula County Auditor, in the Republican primary for Secretary of State. Husted earned over 67% of the votes and will face Democrat Maryellen O'Shaughnessy and Libertarian Charles Earl in the fall. Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost was able to pull out a win over Dayton-area State Representative Seth Morgan in the Republican primary for Auditor. Yost easily beat Morgan with about 64% of the votes. He will face Democrat David Pepper and Libertarian L. Michael Howard in the general election. Given Husted and Yost's defeat of Tea Party-endorsed candidates O'Brien and Morgan, these races may indicate that the Tea Party influence, while a vocal opposition, may not hold sway statewide.