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Ohio elections, 2010


Ohio elections, 2010

Elections were held in Ohio on November 2, 2010. Primary elections took place on May 4, 2010 for the Democratic Party, Republican Party, Constitution Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Socialist Party.


United States Senate

In the Democratic primary on May 4, 2010, current Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher defeated current Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. On November 2, Republican Rob Portman, who has served in two federal cabinet positions and as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives defeated Fisher as well as Eric W. Deaton of the Constitution Party and Daniel LaBotz of the Socialist Party.[1]

Portman replaced Republican Senator [2]

United States Senate election in Ohio, 2010  [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Portman 2,125,810 57.25%
Democratic Lee Fisher 1,448,092 39.00%
Constitution Eric Deaton 64,017 1.72%
Independent Michael Pryce 48,653 1.31%
Socialist Daniel LaBotz 25,368 0.68%
N/A Arthur Sullivan (write-in) 1,512 0.04%
Totals 3,713,452 100.0%
Republican hold

United States House

All of Ohio's eighteen seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election in 2010. All eighteen incumbents will be running for re-election.[2]



Ted Strickland, the Democratic incumbent, was seeking reelection. John Kasich, the former House Budget Chairman, was the Republican candidate. Also running are Dennis Spisak of the Green Party and Ken Matesz of the Libertarian Party.[1]

The election was a close one and Kasich narrowly defeated Strickland by only 2.59% (97,052 voters) on election night.

Ohio Governor's Race election in Ohio, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kasich - Mary Taylor 1,849,842 49.33%
Democratic Ted Strickland - Yvette McGee Brown 1,752,790 46.74%
Libertarian Ken Matesz - Ann Leech 89,499 2.39%
Green Dennis Spisak - M. Anita Rios 56,797 1.51%
N/A David Sargent - Andrew C. Pfeifer (write-in) 864 0.02%
Totals 3,749,792 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

Lieutenant governor

The Lieutenant Governor of Ohio is elected as part of a ticket with the Governor. The Democratic nominee was Yvette McGee Brown, the current and founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and former Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The Republican nominee was Mary Taylor, the current Auditor of the State of Ohio. The Green Party nominee was Anita Rios, and the Libertarian nominee was Ann Leech.[1] Taylor became Lieutenant Governor with the election of John Kasich as Governor

Attorney general

In the Attorney General race, Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray was defeated by Republican Mike DeWine, a former two-term United States Senator from Ohio and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as a former county prosecutor.

Poll Source Dates administered Richard Cordray (D) Mike DeWine (R)
Survey USA September 10–13, 2010 40% 47%
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 42% 44%
Public Policy Polling August 27–29, 2010 40% 44%
Public Policy Polling June 26–27, 2010 41% 44%
Ohio Attorney General election in Ohio, 2010[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike DeWine 1,821,414 47.54%
Democratic Richard Cordray (Incumbent) 1,772,728 46.26%
Constitution Robert Owens 130,065 3.39%
Libertarian Marc Allan Feldman 107,521 2.81%
Totals 3,729,428 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

Secretary of State

Ohio's Secretary of State race featured a contested Republican primary on May 4, 2010 between Jon Husted, an Ohio State Senator and former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, who defeated Sandra O'Brien, a former county auditor in Ashtabula County who secured the support of the Tea Party movement. In the general election, Husted defeated Democrat Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, the Clerk of Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, and Charlie Earl, a Libertarian.[1]

Incumbent Jennifer Brunner sought the Democratic nomination for United States Senator instead of running for re-election, but lost to incumbent Lt. Governor Lee Fisher.

Poll Source Dates administered Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) Jon Husted (R)
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 39% 42%
Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jon Husted 1,973,422 54.04%
Democratic Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 1,500,648 41.09%
Libertarian Charlie Earl 179,495 4.87%
Totals 3,653,565 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic


Ohio's Auditor race also featured a contested Republican primary on May 4, 2010, between Democrat David A. Pepper, a Commissioner for the Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, and L. Michael Howard, a Libertarian.[1]

Republican incumbent Mary Taylor decided to run for Lieutenant Governor as John Kasich's running-mate, instead of running for re-election.

Poll Source Dates administered David Pepper (D) Dave Yost (R)
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 33% 42%
Ohio State Auditor election in Ohio, 2010  [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David L. Yost 1,842,264 50.55%
Democratic David Pepper 1,624,183 44.58%
Libertarian L. Michael Howard 177,204 4.86%
Totals 3,643,651 100.00%
Republican hold


In the Treasurer race, Democratic incumbent Kevin Boyce was defeated by Republican Josh Mandel, a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives and a two tour veteran of the Iraq War, and Matthew Cantrell, a Libertarian candidate.[1]

Poll Source Dates administered Kevin Boyce (D) John Mandel (R)
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 36% 40%
Ohio State Treasurer Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Josh Mandel 2,008,892 54.89%
Democratic Kevin Boyce (Incumbent) 1,471,727 41.09%
Libertarian Matthew Cantrell 179,495 4.90%
Totals 3,660,114 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

Ohio Board of Education

Five of the eleven members of the Ohio State Board of Education are up for election in 2010, including Districts 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. The Board of Education is a non-partisan office and did not appear on primary ballots. Kathleen McGervey, a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Professional Land Surveyor from Lorain County, was elected from District 2. McGervey received 94,305 votes, besting her closest opponent by over 11,000 votes.

State Senate

Sixteen of the thirty-three seats of the Ohio Senate will be up for election in 2010. In Senate District 13, retired teacher Gayle Manning was elected.

State House of Representatives

All ninety-nine seats in the Ohio House of Representatives are up for election in 2010.

Judicial positions

Three seats in the Supreme Court of Ohio are up for election, including the office of Chief Justice. The Supreme Court is a non-partisan office and will not appear on primary ballots. Although the Democratic and Republic parties customarily endorse candidates in the general election, those endorsements are not noted on the general election ballots either. Justices Judith Lanziger and Paul Peiffer are running for re-election. Justice Maureen O'Connor is running for Chief Justice. Judges for Ohio District Courts of Appeal and Ohio Courts of Common Pleas will also appear on the ballot.

Chief Justice

Poll Source Dates administered Eric Brown Maureen O'Connor Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 18% 46% 36%

Associate Justice

Poll Source Dates administered Mary Jane Trapp Judith Ann Lanzinger Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch August 25-Sept. 3, 2010 18% 19% 62%

Ballot measures

Two measures were approved in the May 4 election. No ballot measures were approved for the general election.


Judicial races

Many judges of various appellate, common pleas, and county courts will be elected by Ohio voters in 2010.

County officers

Many county offices will be on the ballot in 2010. Cuyahoga County is undergoing a restructuring, and for the first time, a County Executive and a County Council will be elected. Many current county officials are under an FBI investigation, and some have been charged with crimes. In the last several years some Cuyahoga County elected officials have been convicted of felonies and been removed from office.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ohio Secretary of State (March 5, 2010). "Statewide Candidates Certified for May Primary Ballot". Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Dubail, Jean (January 12, 2009). "It's official: Voinovich to retire from Senate after 2010". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "State of Ohio 2010 General Election November 2, 2010 Unofficial Results". Ohio Secretary of State. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  4. ^

External links

  • Secretary of State
  • Candidates for Ohio State Offices at Project Vote Smart
  • Ohio Polls at
  • Ohio at Rasmussen Reports
  • Ohio Congressional Races in 2010 campaign finance data from
  • Ohio 2010 campaign finance data from Follow the Money
  • Imagine Election - Find out which candidates will appear on your ballot - search by address or zip code.
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