Statewide Races *

Denotes Incumbent

Governor/Lieutenant Governor This was a hotly contested race between Incumbent Ted Strickland and former Congressman John Kasich. While Ohio’s poor economy cannot solely be blamed on the incumbent, he had very little positive to discuss during this bruising campaign. Strickland’s campaign was almost solely focused on Kasich’s former employment on Wall Street. Kasich led in polling from late summer on and while Strickland narrowed the gap, Kasich will be sworn in as Ohio’s Governor on January 10, 2011.

Ted Strickland* / Yvette McGee Brown (D) - 46.7%
John Kasich / Mary Taylor (R) - 49.3% - winner
Dennis S. Spisak / Anita Rios (Green) - 1.5%
Ken Matesz / Margaret Ann Leech (Libertarian) - 2.4%
David L. Sargent / Andrew C. Pfeifer (Write In) - n/a  

Attorney General Incumbent Richard Cordray was challenged by former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine. While Cordray received most of the major newspaper endorsements, DeWine narrowly led in most polls during the campaign. This election campaign did not get as vicious as the other statewide contests. DeWine invested a significant amount of his own money in the race and eked out a narrow victory.

Richard Cordray* (D) - 46.0%
Mike DeWine (R) - 47.8% - winner
Robert M. Owens (Constitution) - 3.4%
Marc Allan Feldman (Libertarian) - 2.8%  

Auditor of State Two little known candidates, Republican David Yost and Democrat David Pepper, were vying for the post currently held by Mary Taylor. Taylor was on the ballot running as John Kasich’s Lieutenant Governor. While the race generally did not draw much interest around Ohio, it has been closely watched by Statehouse insiders because of the winner’s position as a member of the district drawing Apportionment Board. Yost is the current Prosecutor in Delaware County and Pepper is a County Commissioner in Hamilton County. In the end, Yost posted a comfortable win.  

David Pepper (D) - 44.6%
Dave Yost (R) - 50.5% - winner
L. Michael Howard (Libertarian) - 4.9%  

Secretary of State

Former Speaker of the House and current State Senator Jon Husted squared off against Maryellen O’Shaughnessy in the race for Secretary of State. This seat, like that of the State Auditor and Governor, is critically important because of the Apportionment Board. Husted had a significant fundraising advantage while O’Shaughnessy was more well-known in Central Ohio. Husted led in most polls and won comfortably.  

Maryellen O’Shaughnessy (D) - 41.0%

Jon Husted (R) - 54.0% - winner

Charles R. Earl (Libertarian) - 4.9%  

Treasurer of State

This vicious race pitted appointed Incumbent Kevin Boyce (D) against current State Representative Josh Mandel (R). Accusations of racial baiting, corruption and incompetence flew between the campaigns. Mandel was better funded but Boyce received the majority of newspaper endorsements. In the end money prevailed and Mandel will be the new Treasurer in 2011.

Kevin L. Boyce* (D) - 40.2%

Josh Mandel (R) - 54.9% - winner

Matthew P. Cantrell (Libertarian) - 4.9%  

Supreme Court

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Two sitting Justices, appointed Chief Eric Brown (D) and Justice Maureen O’Connor (R) were running for the full term as Chief Justice. Brown was appointed after the death of Tom Moyer, while O’Connor is in the middle of her second term on the bench. Brown previously served as Franklin County Probate Judge. Both Brown and O’Connor are popular ballot names, but O’Connor received the majority of the newspaper endorsements and was better financed. She prevailed.

Eric Brown* (D) - 32.2%

Maureen O’Connor (R) - 67.8% - winner

Justice of the Supreme Court

Justice Judith Lanzinger was opposed by Court of Appeals Judge Mary Jane Trapp. This was a very low key race between two respected jurists. In the end the Incumbent prevailed.

Mary Jane Trapp (D) - 43.1%

Judith Lanzinger* (R) - 56.8% - winner

Justice of the Supreme Court

Justice Paul Pfeifer ran unopposed.

Paul E. Pfeifer* (R) - 100% - winner

Congressional Races

* Denotes Incumbent  

U.S. Senate

The race between Rob Portman and Lee Fisher was never close. Portman, former Congressman and Bush Cabinet member, ran a disciplined and well-funded campaign. His opponent, Lieutenant Governor Fisher, had a tightly contested primary and was never able to recover.

Lee Fisher (D) - 39.0%

Rob Portman (R) - 57.3% - winner

Eric W. Deaton (Constitution) - 1.7%  

Michael L. Pryce (Independent) - 1.3%  

Daniel H. LaBotz (Socialist) - 0.7%  

Arthur T. Sullivan (Write In) - n/a  

U.S. House of Representatives

The strong Republican trend across the country also yielded several GOP gains in Ohio. Former Congressman Steve Chabot regained his seat from freshman Steve Driehaus in Southwest Ohio. Central Ohioan Steve Stivers won his rematch with Incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy. Additionally, two-term Incumbent Zack Space was upended by State Senator Bob Gibbs, while the voters in North Central Ohio made John Boccieri a one-term Congressman by electing businessman Jim Renacci. Finally, in a huge upset Charlie Wilson lost his seat along the Ohio River to newcomer Bill Johnson. The new Ohio delegation will be made up of 13 Rs and 5 Ds.  

District 1

Steve Driehaus* (D)  

Steve Chabot (R) - winner

Rich Stevenson (Green)  

Jim Berns (Libertarian)  

District 2

Surya Yalamanchili (D)  

Jean Schmidt* (R) - winner

Marc Johnston (Libertarian)  

Randy Lee Conover (Write In)  

District 3

Joe Roberts (D)  

Mike Turner* (R) - winner  

District 4

Doug Litt (D)  

Jim Jordan* (R) - winner

Donald Charles Kissick (Libertarian)  

District 5

Caleb Finkenbiner (D)  

Bob Latta* (R) - winner

Brian L. Smith (Libertarian)  

District 6

Charlie Wilson* (D)  

Bill Johnson (R) - winner

Richard E. Cadle (Constitution)  

Martin J. Elsass (Libertarian)  

District 7

Bill Conner (D)  

Steve Austria* (R) - winner

David W. Easton (Constitution)  

John D. Anderson (Libertarian)  

District 8  

Justin A. Coussoule (D)  

John A. Boehner* (R) - winner

James J. Condit Jr. (Constitution)  

David A. Harlow (Libertarian)  

District 9

Marcy Kaptur* (D) - winner

Rich Iott (R)  

Joseph Michael Jaffe – Withdrew (Libertarian)  

Jeremy D. Swartz – Withdrew (Libertarian)  

District 10

Dennis J. Kucinich* (D) - winner

Peter J. Corrigan (R)  

Jeff Goggins (Libertarian)  

District 11

Marcia L. Fudge* (D) - winner

Thomas Pekarek (R)  

District 12

Paula Brooks (D)  

Pat Tiberi* (R) - winner

Travis M. Irvine (Libertarian)  

District 13

Betty Sutton* (D) - winner

Tom Ganley (R)  

District 14

Bill O’Neill (D)  

Steven C. LaTourette* (R) - winner

John Jelenic (Libertarian)  

District 15

Mary Jo Kilroy* (D)  

Steve Stivers (R) - winner

David Ryon (Constitution)  

William J. Kammerer (Libertarian)  

Bill Buckel (Write In)  

District 16

John A. Boccieri* (D)  

Jim Renacci (R) - winner

Jeffrey J. Blevins (Libertarian)  

Robert L. Ross (Write In)  

District 17

Timothy J. Ryan* (D) - winner

Jim Graham (R)  

James A. Traficant Jr. (Independent)  

District 18

Zack Space* (D)  

Bob Gibbs (R) - winner

Lindsey Dean Sutton (Constitution)  

Mark Pitrone (Write In)

State Legislative Races

* Denotes Incumbent  

Ohio Senate

Control of the Senate was never in doubt. With only a handful of close races to concentrate on, the Republican caucus with its superior campaign war chest not only retained its strong control but additionally picked up two seats. Starting in 2011, the next Ohio Senate will be controlled by the GOP with a commanding 23-10 majority.  

District 1

Erik M. Cranmer (D)  

Steve Buehrer* (R) - winner

District 3

Mark Pfeifer (D)  

Kevin Bacon (R) - winner

William Yarbrough (Libertarian)  

District 5

Fred Strahorn* (D)  

Bill Beagle (R) - winner

District 7

Sam Pettinichi (D)  

Shannon Jones* (R) - winner

District 9

Eric H. Kearney* (D) - winner

Deborah M. McKinney (R)  

Jessica L. Mears (Libertarian)  

District 11

Edna Brown* (D) - winner

Tom Waniewski (R)  

District 13

Sue Morano* (D)  

Gayle L. Manning (R) - winner

District 15  

Charleta B. Tavares (D) - winner

Alicia Healy (R)  

District 17

Justin Fallon (D)  

David T. Daniels (R) - winner

District 19

Neil Patel (D)  

Kris Jordan* (R) - winner

District 21

Shirley A. Smith* (D) - winner

Burrell A. Jackson (R)  

District 23

Michael J. Skindell* (D) - winner

Dave Morris (R)  

District 25

Nina Turner* (D) - winner

District 27

Frank C. Comunale (D)  

Frank LaRose (R) - winner

District 29

Richard D. Reinbold Jr. (D)  

Scott Oelslager (R) - winner

District 31

Dennis A. Lupher (D)  

Tim Schaffer* (R) - winner

District 33

Joe Schiavoni* (D) - winner

Matt Lewis (R)  

John K. Fockler Jr. (Libertarian)  

Ohio House of Representatives

Control of the Ohio House was hard fought from beginning to end. Democrats had the money advantage while the GOP had the “prevailing wind” at their backs due to displeasure with both national and local politicians. An unusually high 20 or so seats were in play, most currently held by Democrats. Final results may not be in for some races, but it appears that Bill Batchelder will fulfill his lifelong ambition and be sworn in as Speaker on January 3, 2011. As of early Wednesday morning, the GOP will control 58 seats, the Democrats will have 39 seats, with two seats too close to call.  

District 1

Linda S. Bolon* (D)  

Craig Newbold (R) - winner

District 2

Richard Bird (D)  

Andrew O. Brenner (R) - winner

District 3

Ron Amstutz* (R) - winner

District 4

Connie Miller (D)  

Matt Huffman* (R) - winner

District 5

Gerald L. Stebelton* (R) - winner

District 6

Jackie Brown (D)  

Randy Gardner* (R) - winner

District 7

Kenny Yuko* (D) - winner

Tony Hocevar (R)  

District 8

Armond Budish* (D) - winner

Jerry V. Powell (R)  

District 9

Barbara Boyd* (D) - winner

Charles Perkel (R)  

District 10

Bill Patmon (D) - winner

District 11

Sandra Williams* (D) - winner

Roz McAllister (R)  

District 12

John E. Barnes Jr. (D) - winner

District 13  

Nickie J. Antonio (D) - winner

District 14

Mike Foley* (D) - winner

Kevin J. Burke (R)  

District 15

Timothy J. DeGeeter* (D) - winner

District 16

Jennifer L. Brady (D)  

Nan A. Baker* (R) - winner

District 17

Kelli Kay Perk (D)  

Marlene Anielski (R) - winner

David Macko (Libertarian)  

District 18

Matt Patten* (D)  

Mike Dovilla (R) - winner

District 19

Marian L. Harris* (D)  

Anne Gonzales (R) - winner

Michael Johnston (Libertarian)  

District 20

Nancy J. Garland* (D) - winner

Matt Carle (R)  

Lawrence Binsky (Libertarian)  

Jacquelyn K. Thompson (Write In)  

District 21

David Robinson (D)  

Mike Duffey (R) - winner

District 22

John Patrick Carney* (D) - winner  

Angel R. Rhodes (R)  

Corey Ansel (Green)  

Mark Noble (Libertarian)  

District 23

Steven Harp (D)  

Cheryl L. Grossman* (R) - winner

Casey D. Borders (Libertarian)  

District 24

Ted Celeste* (D) - winner

Nathan Larger (R)  

District 25

Michael Stinziano (D) - winner  

Scott Alan Hubbard (R) - Withdrew  

District 26

Tracy Heard* (D) - winner  

Joseph A. Healy (R)  

District 27  

W. Carlton Weddington* (D) - winner

Meagan Cyrus (R)  

District 28

Connie Pillich* (D)  

Mike Wilson (R)  

Bryant Callaghan (Libertarian)  


District 29

Liz Ping (D)  

Louis W. Blessing Jr.* (R) - winner


District 30  

Richard G. Luken (D)  

Bob Mecklenborg* (R) - winner

District 31

Denise Driehaus* (D) - winner

Mike Robison (R)  

District 32

Dale Mallory* (D) - winner

Erik Nebergall (R)  

Ryan Printy (Libertarian)  

District 33

Alicia Reece* (D) - winner

Jim Stith (R)  

Curtis A. Wells (Independent)  

Jillian Mack (Libertarian)  

District 34

Max Kinman (D)  

Peter Stautberg* (R) - winner

District 35

Marcia Garrison* (D)  

Ron Maag (R) - winner

District 36

Carl D. Fisher Jr. (D)  

Michael E. Henne (R) - winner

Cheryl K. Watson (Independent)  

District 37

Steven C. Byington (D)  

Peggy Lehner* (R) - winner


District 38

John R. Doll (D)  

Terry Blair* (R) - winner


District 39

Clayton R. Luckie* (D) - winner

Jeffrey L. Wellbaum (R) – Withdrew  

Harlene Holland (Independent)  

District 40

Roland Winburn* (D) - winner

David H. Wilson (Independent)  

District 41

Brian G. Williams* (D)  

Lynn Slaby (R) - winner

David S. Finley (Libertarian)  

District 42

Mike Moran* (D)  

Kristina Daley Roegner (R) - winner

John E. Hoover (Libertarian) - Withdrew  

District 43

Stephen Dyer* (D)  

Todd M. McKenney (R) - winner

District 44

Vernon Sykes* (D) - winner

Josh Sines (R)  

Kurtis S.F. Liston (Libertarian)  

District 45

Zack Milkovich (D) - winner

Charles Lasher (R)  

District 46

Harry Barlos (D)  

Barbara R. Sears* (R) - winner


District 47

Teresa Fedor* (D) - winner

Rick Bush (R)  

Joseph M. Pfeiffer (Libertarian)  

District 48

Michael Ashford (D) - winner

Carolyn J. Eyre (R)  

Schylar M. Meadows (Independent)  

District 49

Matthew A. Szollosi* (D) - winner

Jeff Wingate (R)  

District 50

Todd D. Bosley (D)  

Todd A. Snitchler* (R) - winner

District 51

Andrew Haines (D)  

Kirk Schuring* (R) - winner

District 52

Stephen D. Slesnick* (D) - winner

Travis Secrest (R)  

District 53

James C. Shew (D)  

Timothy S. Derickson* (R) - winner


District 54

Bruce Carter (D)  

Courtney E. Combs* (R) - winner

Arnold Engel (Independent)  

District 55

Suzi Rubin (D)  

Bill Coley* (R) - winner


District 56

Dan Ramos (D) - winner

Henry S. Lewandowski Jr. (R)  

District 57

Matt Lundy* (D) - winner

Rae Lynn Brady (R)  

Josh R. Robertson (Libertarian)  

District 58  

Gregory S. Davidson (D)  

Terry R. Boose* (R) - winner  

Bob Williams (Libertarian)  

District 59

Ronald V. Gerberry* (D) - winner

Mike Pestian (R)  

Patrick Manning (Libertarian)  

District 60  

Robert F. Hagan* (D) - winner  

Daniel R. Thimons (R)  

District 61  

Mark D. Okey* (D) - winner

Michael Foit (R)  

District 62

Lorraine M. Fende* (D) - winner

David M. Fiebig (R)  

District 63  

Mark A. Schneider* (D)  

Ron Young (R) - winner


District 64  

Tom Leston* (D) - winner  

Albert J. Haberstroh Jr. (R)  

Randy Law (Independent)  

District 65

Sean J. O’Brien (D) - winner  

Geno Capone (R)  

Werner Lange (Independent)  

District 66  

Barry A. Cox (D)  

Joe R. Uecker* (R) - winner

District 67

Anne K. Howard (D)  

Pete Beck* (R) - winner

Robert E. Waters (Libertarian)  


District 68

Kathleen Clyde (D) - winner

W. Roak Zeller (R)  

Daniel Cartwright (Constitution)  

Richard A. Duncan (Independent)  

District 69

Jack Schira (D)  

William G. Batchelder* (R) - winner

District 70

Michael Stewart Watters (D)  

Jarrod B. Martin* (R) - winner

District 71

Nathan W. McMann (D)  

Jay Hottinger* (R) - winner

District 72

Gregory D. Krouse (D)  

Ross W. McGregor* (R) - winner

District 73

Jay Goyal* (D) - winner

David D. Nitzsche (R)  

District 74

David J. Pilliod (D)  

Bruce W. Goodwin* (R) - winner

District 75

Cletus Schindler (D)  

Lynn R. Wachtmann* (R)


District 76  

Jeffrey S. Detmer (D)  

Cliff Hite* (R) - winner Steven Gossard (Independent)  

District 77

Jim Zehringer* (R) - winner

District 78

Anthony Ehresmann (D)  

John Adams* (R) - winner

District 79

Howard Guy Payne (D)  

Richard N. Adams* (R) - winner

District 80

Dennis E. Murray* (D) - winner

Jeff Krabill (R)  

Judy Kayden (Libertarian)  

District 81

Benjamin E. Nutter (D)  

Rex Arthur Damschroder (R) - winner

Bill Hrabak (Constitution)  

District 82

Jeffrey A. McClain* (D) - winner

District 83

Dave Burke* (R) - winner

District 84  

Aaron T. Kilbarger (D)  

Robert D. Hackett* (R) - winner

District 85

Raymond A. Pryor* (D)  

Bob Peterson (R) - winner

District 86

Bill Horne (D)  

Cliff Rosenberger (R) - winner

Jacob Dawson (Libertarian)  

District 87

Clay Baker – Withdrew (D)  

Fred Deel (D)  

John A. Carey Jr. (R) - winner

Tim Sanders (Libertarian)  

District 88

Danny R. Bubp* (R) - winner

District 89

Ron Hadsell (D)  

Terry A. Johnson (R) - winner

Dennis Lambert (Green)  

District 90

John T. Ryerson (D)  

Margaret Ann Ruhl* (R) - winner

District 91

Dan Dodd* (D)  

Bill Hayes (R) - winner

Chad Ricketts (Libertarian)  

District 92

Debbie Phillips* (D) - winner

Mike Hunter (R)  

Ty Collinsworth (Green)  

District 93

Linda Secrest (D)  

Andy Thompson (R) - winner

District 94  

John Sam Ackers – Withdrew (D)  

Troy Balderson* (R) - winner


District 95

Lou Gentile (D) - winner

Mark T. Clark (R)  

District 96

Joshua E. O’Farrell* (D)  

Allan R. Sayre – Withdrew (D)  

Al Landis (R) - winner

District 97

Edward Powers (D)  

Dave Hall* (R) - winner

Gary Aukerman (Independent)  

District 98

Mary A. Briggs (D)  

Timothy J. Grendell (R) - winner

Bob Cannon (Constitution)  

Mark Saric (Independent)  

District 99

Deborah A. Newcomb* (D)  

Casey Kozlowski (R)  

Tammy Roesch (Independent)