Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

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Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014
Ohio
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November 4, 2014
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  Governor John Kasich.jpg Cuyahoga County, Ohio Executive Ed FitzGerald.jpg
Nominee John Kasich Ed FitzGerald
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Mary Taylor Sharen Neuhardt

Incumbent Governor

John Kasich
Republican

The 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014, to elect the governor of Ohio. Incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich is running for re-election to a second term in office, facing opposition from Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald and Green Party candidate Anita Rios. Primary elections were held on May 6, 2014.

Background[edit]

John Kasich, who was elected with Tea Party support in 2010, has faced a considerable backlash from the movement. His decision to accept the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, his increased spending, taxation of fracking on Ohio farmland and his perceived failure to go far enough on charter schools and school vouchers have seen Tea Party groups refuse to support his re-election campaign.[1] When Kasich passed over Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski for the position of Executive Director of the Ohio Republican Party in favor of Matt Borges, who worked with a gay rights group, that was seen as the final straw.[2] Tea Party groups have announced that they will support a primary challenger, or, if none emerges, the Libertarian nominee. Zawistowski said, "John Kasich is going to lose in 2014. We don’t care who else wins."[3] Ultimately, Kasich was unopposed in the Republican primary.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

  • Donald Allen, veterinarian and candidate for in 2010[5][6]
    • Running mate: Kelly Kohls, education activist and Chair of the Warren County Tea Party[5]
  • Ted Stevenot, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition[7]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kasich 559,671 100.00%
Totals 559,671 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed FitzGerald 366,056 83.15%
Democratic Larry Ealy 74,197 16.85%
Totals 440,253 100.00%

Green primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Disqualified[edit]

  • Dennis Spisak, perennial candidate (failed to gather enough valid signatures)[31][32][33]
    • Running mate: Suzanne Patzer, information technology supervisor[11]

Results[edit]

Green Party primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Anita Rios 674 100.00%
Totals 674 100.00%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Charlie Earl gathered enough valid signatures to obtain ballot access.[31] However, he was barred from the ballot because of technical faults in the signatures collected. The decision is being appealed in federal court.[34]

Candidates[edit]

Disqualified[edit]

  • Charlie Earl, former Republican State Representative[35]
    • Running mate: Sherry Clark, newspaper publisher[36]

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

FitzGerald has released a plan for state-funded universal preschool in addition to announcing his support for gay marriage.[37] He has criticized Kasich for signing into law income tax cuts that save larger sums of money for wealthier Ohioans than poorer ones, while increasing sales taxes, which tax a larger percentage of income from poorer Ohioans than from wealthier ones.[38] FitzGerald has also chided Kasich for a lack of transparency at JobsOhio, the privatized economic development agency that Kasich formed,[39][40][41] and for signing into law bills that cut early voting days and limit the distribution of absentee ballot applications.[42][43]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Kasich (R)
Ed
FitzGerald (D)
Other Undecided
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 3,624 ± ? 49% 43% 1% 7%
Public Policy Polling^ July 9-10, 2014 889 ± ? 45% 44% 11%
Quinnipiac May 7–12, 2014 1,174 ± 2.9% 50% 35% 1% 13%
Public Policy Polling^ May 9–11, 2014 740 ± ? 47% 43% 10%
Rasmussen Reports May 7–8, 2014 750 ± 4% 45% 38% 4% 13%
SurveyUSA April 24–28, 2014 618 ± 4% 46% 36% 4%[44] 14%
Magellan Strategies April 14–15, 2014 857 ± 3.35% 47% 41% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling^ April 14–15, 2014 1,050 ± ? 44% 44% 11%
Quinnipiac February 12–17, 2014 1,370 ± 2.7% 43% 38% 1% 18%
Public Policy Polling December 6–8, 2013 1,011 ± 3.1% 40% 38% 6%[45] 16%
Quinnipiac November 19–24, 2013 1,361 ± 2.7% 44% 37% 2% 19%
Public Policy Polling^ November 5–6, 2013 595 ± 4% 41% 41% 6%[45] 13%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 ± 4.2% 35% 38% 27%
Quinnipiac June 18–23, 2013 941 ± 3.2% 47% 33% 1% 19%
Quinnipiac April 10–15, 2013 1,138 ± 2.9% 46% 37% 1% 17%
Quinnipiac February 21–26, 2013 1,011 ± 3.1% 45% 35% 1% 19%

^ = Polling for the Ohio Democratic Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terkel, Amanda (March 11, 2013). "John Kasich Faces Tea Party Protest Over Medicaid Decision". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Green, Justin (May 6, 2013). "Why Does the Tea Party Want to Let Democrats Run Ohio?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Freedlander, David (September 4, 2013). "Ohio Republican Party Goes to War With Itself, Leaving 2016 in Doubt". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vardon, Joe (November 8, 2012). "Kasich focused on his own re-election bid". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Pelzer, Jeremy (January 13, 2014). "Another tea party-backed candidate mulls run for Ohio governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Chrissie (January 30, 2014). "Tea party has no challenger for Kasich after all". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.wcpo.com/news/political/local-politics/tea-party-activist-ted-stevenot-wont-challenge-ohio-gov-john-kasich-in-republican-primary
  8. ^ a b c http://vote.ohio.gov/Results.aspx?race=Governor
  9. ^ Henry J. Gomez (February 6, 2014). "Who is Larry Ealy? Ohio Politics Roundup". cleveland.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ Henry J. Gomez (February 18, 2014). "Larry Ealy, little-known Democrat from Dayton, talks about his campaign for governor". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Jim Provance (February 2, 2014). "FitzGerald might have competition". The Toldeo Blade. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (April 24, 2013). "Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald announces bid for Ohio governor". The Blade. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/17/FitzGerald-names-running-mate-Neuhardt.html
  14. ^ Troy, Tom (December 17, 2013). "Primary challenge for FitzGerald? Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune may run for governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
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  16. ^ a b Gomez, Henry J. (January 8, 2013). "Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to pass on rematch with John Kasich". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (July 16, 2013). "With Richard Cordray's future now set, Ed FitzGerald controls his own destiny in Ohio governor's race: Analysis". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (March 15, 2013). "Rep. Tim Ryan decides to skip gubernatorial bid". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (March 22, 2013). "Former Rep. Betty Sutton will not run for governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ Troy, Tom (November 15, 2013). "U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown comes to Toledo to endorse FitzGerald for governor". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ Drabold, Will (April 9, 2014). "Mayor Coleman endorses FitzGerald for governor". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (January 16, 2014). "Ed FitzGerald collects endorsement from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; announcement on new running mate 'coming very soon'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ Troy, Tom (August 15, 2013). "Kaptur endorses FitzGerald in governor's race". Toledo Blade. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (July 29, 2013). "Ohio governor's race: Former Gov. Ted Strickland passes torch to fellow Democrat Ed FitzGerald". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ed FitzGerald in the Democratic primary for Ohio governor: endorsement editorial". The Plain Dealer. April 25, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c d Hart, Jason (January 6, 2014). "Ohio Democrats Enjoy Early Labor Union Endorsements". mediatrackers. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Ohio Education Association Endorses FitzGerald for Governor". Ohio Education Association. November 4, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (February 13, 2014). "Ed FitzGerald plays up UAW endorsement, John Kasich heads to Cleveland: Ohio Politics Roundup". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ a b Collins, Kathleen (February 27, 2014). "Write-in candidates file for Primary, state issue added to ballot". Akron Ohio News. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b Gomez, Henry J. (February 18, 2014). "Ed FitzGerald faces only primary among statewide candidates; Libertarians fail to field full slate". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Ohio Green Dennis Spisak announces gubernatorial run". Green Party of Ohio. November 24, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  33. ^ Vardon, Joe (19 February 2014). "Larry Ealy qualifies for ballot setting up Democratic gubernatorial primary". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/03/09/libertarians-angry-at-gop-while-acknowledging-faults.html
  35. ^ McAvoy, John (September 6, 2013). "Earl for Ohio Governor Campaign Launch". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  36. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (13 September 2013). "Charlie Earl, Ohio's libertarian candidate for governor, saddles up for his 'last rodeo'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  37. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/05/fitzgerald_proposes_500_millio.html#incart_river_default
  38. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/06/ed_fitzgerald_assails_ohio_bud.html#incart_river_default
  39. ^ http://www.nbc4i.com/story/25393739/jobs-ohio-doesnt-have-to-disclose-records-on-taxpayer-money
  40. ^ http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/09/09/ed-fitzgerald-calls-for-jobsohio-transparency/
  41. ^ http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/03/21/ed-fitzgerald-enquirer-ohio/6713217/
  42. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/02/kasich_signs_voting_bills_that.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  43. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2014/04/cuyahoga_county_council_gives_final_approval_to_ed_fitzgeralds_voting_rights_law.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  44. ^ Anita Rios (G)
  45. ^ a b Charlie Earl (L)

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites