United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the 16 U.S. Representatives from the state of Ohio, a loss of two seats following the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election to the U.S. Senate.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 2,620,233 50.96% 13 12 -1
Democratic 2,412,385 46.91% 5 4 -1
Libertarian 81,469 1.58% -
Green 26,070 0.51% -
Write-In 1,969 0.04% -
Totals 5,142,126 100% 18 16 -

Redistricting[edit]

The redistricting process was formally begun by a legislative panel on June 16, 2011.[1] A proposal released in September 2011 would create 12 districts which favor Republicans and four which favor Democrats. In the proposal, one district which currently favors Republicans would be effectively eliminated, and the homes of six of the state's incumbents would be drawn into districts also containing the homes of other incumbents.[2] The map was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on September 15[3] and by the Ohio Senate on September 21. The bill passed by the Senate included an appropriations provision intended to prevent the bill from being placed on the 2012 ballot by petition[4] and was passed again by the House the same day.[5] Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on September 26.[6]

On September 28, the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking a ruling on the legality of the Senate's addition of an appropriations provision.[7] On October 14, the Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on the map could go ahead. Ohioans for Fair Districts, the group calling for a referendum, asked the court to restart the 90-day time limit for the collection of signatures;[8] a request the court declined, meaning the 90-day period would begin on September 26 rather than October 14.[9] Chris Redfern, the chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, vowed to collect enough signatures to place the map on the ballot.[10]

If the map had received 66 votes in the House of Representatives, an emergency clause preventing a referendum from being held would have been invoked. As a result, in October 2011 Republicans sought the support of African American Democrats for an alternative map.[11] Later that month members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus met with Redfern, indicating they would not immediately seek to compromise with Republicans;[12] however on October 31 Bob Bennett, the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party appointed by House Speaker William G. Batchelder to negotiate an alternative map, said he thought the two parties were close to reaching an agreement.[13]

On November 3, Batchelder brought a slightly modified map to the floor of the House of Representatives. However, the House fell eight votes short of the 66 needed to bring the map up for a vote without a committee hearing having been held.[14]

Later in November, Ohio Democratic Party communications director Seth Bringman said the referendum effort had surpassed 100,000 signatures and was aiming to have collected the over 230,000 signatures necessary by December 23.[15] However, a lack of funds has since prevented Ohioans for Fair Districts from hiring professional signature gatherers and necessitated the exclusive use of volunteers. Redfern said in December 2011 that Democrats may return to the Supreme Court to request that it reconsider its decision on the 90-day time limit. If the signature-gathering effort fails, an amendment to the Ohio Constitution requiring compact and competitive districts may be sought.[16] If the Democratic Party fails to collect enough signatures, the original map will take effect on Christmas Day 2011.[15]

On December 14, the House of Representatives and Senate both passed a new map.[17]

District 1[edit]

Ohio's 1st congressional district has been represented by Republican Steve Chabot, who previously served from 1995 until 2009, since January 2011. Chabot sought and won re-election in 2012.[18]

Jeff Sinnard defeated Malcolm Kantzler by a scant 56 votes for the Democratic nomination (the reference footnote 19 provides only the unofficial, election night final tally).[19] This was Kantzler's first run for public office, while Sinnard unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the 2nd district in 2005 and 2006.[18] State representative Connie Pillich, who had considered seeking the Democratic nomination in either the 1st or 2nd district,[20] did not run.[21]

Rich Stevenson ran as the Green Party nominee. Jim Berns defeated Queen Noble for the Libertarian Party nomination.[22]

External links
Jim Berns
Steve Chabot
Jeff Sinnard
Rich Stevenson

Results

Ohio's 1st Congressional District election, 2012[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Chabot 201,907 57.73%
Democratic Jeff Sinnard 131,490 37.60%
Libertarian Jim Berns 9,674 2.77%
Green Rich Stevenson 6,645 1.90%
Totals 349,716 100%
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Republican Jean Schmidt represented Ohio's 2nd congressional district from 2005 until January 3, 2013. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist and U.S. Army veteran who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Cincinnati in 2009;[24] Tony Brush;[18] Joe Green, who ran as a write-in candidate;[18] Fred Kundrata;[18] and Schmidt[18] sought the Republican nomination. Wenstrup upset Schmidt to win the nomination.[25]

William R. Smith[18] won the Democratic primary[25] against David Krikorian, who challenged Schmidt in 2008 and 2010.[26] Krikorian said in October 2011 that if he did not receive the support of the Democratic Party he would run as an independent candidate[26] but did not. State representative Connie Pillich, who had considered seeking the Democratic nomination in either the 1st or 2nd district,[20] did not run.[21]

External links
David Krikorian
William R Smith
Brad Wenstrup

Results

Ohio's 2nd Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup 194,296 58.63%
Democratic William Smith 137,077 41.37%
Totals 331,373 100%
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

The new 3rd district is based in Columbus. Joyce Beatty, a vice president of the Ohio State University and former minority leader of the Ohio House of Representatives,[27] won the Democratic nomination.[19] She defeated state representative Ted Celeste;[28] former U.S. Representative Mary Jo Kilroy, who represented the 15th district from 2009 until January 2011;[29] and Columbus city council member Priscilla R. Tyson[30] Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, did not run.[31]

Chris Long, a member of the Reynoldsburg city council, won the Republican nomination.[19][32]

External links
Joyce Beatty
Chris Long

Results

Ohio's 3rd Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joyce Beatty 201,897 68.29%
Republican Chris Long 77,901 26.35%
Libertarian Richard Ehrbar 9,462 3.20%
Green Bob Fitrakis 6,387 2.16%
Independent Jeff Brown (write-in) 5 <0.01%
Totals 295,652 100%

District 4[edit]

Republican Jim Jordan has represented Ohio's 4th congressional district since 2007. Jordan sought re-election in 2012.[33]

Jim Slone, a former General Motors employee, won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[19][33]

Chris Kalla ran as the Libertarian Party nominee.[33]

External links
Jim Jordan
Jim Slone

Results

Ohio's 4th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Jordan (Incumbent) 182,643 58.35%
Democratic Jim Slone 114,214 36.49%
Libertarian Chris Kalla 16,141 5.16%
Totals 312,998 100%
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

Republican Bob Latta, who has represented Ohio's 5th congressional district since 2007, sought re-election in 2012. He defeated Robert Wallis in the Republican primary.[19][34]

Angela Zimmann won the Democratic nomination without opposition.[19]

Eric Eberly ran as the Libertarian Party nominee.[34]

External links
Angela Zimmann
Eric Eberly

Results

Ohio's 5th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Latta (Incumbent) 201,514 57.27%
Democratic Angela Zimmann 137,806 39.16%
Libertarian Eric Eberly 12,558 3.57%
Totals 351,878 100%
Republican hold

District 6[edit]

Republican Bill Johnson, who has represented Ohio's 6th congressional district since January 2011, sought re-election in 2012. He defeated Victor Smith in the Republican primary.[19][35]

Former U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson won the Democratic nomination.[19] He previously represented the 6th district from 2007 until 2011.[36] Wilson defeated Cas Adulewicz.[35] John Boccieri, who represented the 16th district from 2009 until 2011, did not run.[31][37][38]

Polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bill
Johnson (R)
Charlie
Wilson (D)
Public Policy Polling[39] January 18–23, 2012 768 ± 3.5% 42% 41%
External links

Results

Ohio's 6th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Johnson (Incumbent) 164,536 53.25%
Democratic Charlie Wilson 144,444 46.75%
Totals 308,980 100%
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

Republican Bob Gibbs, who has represented Ohio's 18th congressional district since January 2011, won the Republican nomination in the new 7th district.[40] He defeated pastor Hombre Liggett.[19][41]

Joyce R. Healy-Abrams, the sister of Canton mayor William J. Healy II, won the Democratic nomination.[19] Joseph Liolios had also planned to run, but failed to refile after the Ohio General Assembly modified some districts' boundaries and moved the date of the primary.[42] John Boccieri, who represented the 16th district from 2009 until 2011, will not run.[31][38] Political consultant Bill Burges suggested in September 2011 that Democratic U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, who has represented the 13th district since 2007, may seek re-election in the 7th district;[43] however in December 2011 she announced plans to run in the 16th district.[44]

External links
Bob Gibbs
Joyce Healy-Abrams

Results

Ohio's 7th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Gibbs (Incumbent) 178,104 56.40%
Democratic Joyce Healy-Abrams 137,708 43.60%
Totals 315,812 100%
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

Ohio's 8th congressional district has been represented by Republican John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, since 1991. Boehner sought re-election in 2012.[18] David Lewis, a pro-life and Tea Party activist, unsuccessfully challenged Boehner in the Republican primary.[19][45]

No Democrat filed to challenge Boehner.[18]

External links

Primary Results

Republican Primary Results [46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boehner (Incumbent) 71,120 83.82%
Republican David Lewis 13,733 16.18%
Totals 84,843 100.00%
Republican hold

Results

Ohio's 8th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boehner (Incumbent) 246,378 99.21%
Independent James Condit (write-in) 1,938 0.78%
Totals 248,316 100%
Republican hold

District 9[edit]

Democratic U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur, who has represented Ohio's 9th congressional district since 1983; and Dennis Kucinich, who represented Ohio's 10th congressional district from 1997 until January 3, 2013 and had considered seeking re-election in Washington[47] or in the 11th district,[48] sought re-election in the 9th district. Graham Veysey, who runs a video production company, also sought the Democratic nomination.[41] Kaptur defeated Kucinich and Veysey in the primary.[49]

Steven Kraus, an auctioneer;[41] and Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher[50] both sought the Republican nomination; Wurzelbacher won.[51] Both Democratic and Republican primaries were held on March 6, 2012.

External links
Marcy Kaptur
Sean Stipe
Samuel Wurzelbacher

Results

Ohio's 9th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marcy Kaptur (Incumbent) 217,771 73.04%
Republican Samuel Wurzelbacher 68,668 23.03%
Libertarian Sean Stipe 11,725 3.93%
Totals 298,164 100%
Democratic hold

District 10[edit]

Republican U.S. Representative Mike Turner, who has represented Ohio's 3rd congressional district since 2003, sought re-election in the new 10th district in 2012.[52] John D. Anderson and Edward Breen also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination.[19][53] Steve Austria, who is also a Republican and has represented the 7th district since 2009, had also been expected to run,[52] but announced in December 2011 that he would retire rather than seek re-election.[54]

Six candidates qualified for the ballot in the Democratic primary. Sharen Neuhardt won the March primary with a plurality of 36% of the vote.[55] She is an attorney and was the 2008 nominee for congress in Ohio's 7th congressional district, held by Republican Steve Austria. He defeated her 58%-42%[56] in a district McCain won 54%-45%. She underperformed Obama three points. However, this district McCain won 50%-49%.[57]

David Harlow is the Libertarian nominee.

External links
David Harlow
Sharon Neuhardt
Mike Turner

Results

Ohio's 10th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Turner (Incumbent) 208,201 59.54%
Democratic Sharen Neuhardt 131,097 37.49%
Libertarian David Harlow 10,373 2.97%
Totals 349,671 100%
Republican hold

District 11[edit]

Ohio's 11th congressional district has been represented by Democrat Marcia Fudge since 2008. Fudge sought re-election in 2012.[41] Gerald Henley, a former member of the Cleveland school board who unsuccessfully ran for the Cuyahoga County Council as an independent in 2010; Marie Jefferson; and Isaac Powell, who unsuccessfully challenged Fudge in the 2008 and 2010 Democratic primaries, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination.[19][58] U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, who has represented the 10th district since 1997 and had considered seeking re-election in the 11th district, instead ran in the 9th district;[48] while state senator Nina Turner, who had planned to challenge Fudge in the Democratic primary, announced in December 2011 that she would not run. Turner considered run as an independent candidate, but instead elected to remain in the State Senate.[41]

Results

Ohio's 11th Congressional District election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marcia Fudge 258,359 100%
Totals 258,359 100%
Democratic hold
External links

District 12[edit]

Ohio's 12th congressional district has been represented by Republican Pat Tiberi since 2001. Tiberi sought re-election in 2012. He defeated William Yarbrough to win the Republican nomination.[19][59]

Doug Litt, who is employed by Spherion Staffing at Gorman-Rupp and unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the 4th district in 2010;[60] and James Reese[59] sought the Democratic nomination. Reese won the nomination with nearly 70% of the vote.[19]

External links

Results

Ohio's 12th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Tiberi (Incumbent) 233,869 63.47%
Democratic Jim Reese 134,605 36.53%
Totals 368,474 100%
Republican hold

District 13[edit]

Democrat Betty Sutton, who has represented Ohio's 13th congressional district since 2007, sought re-election in the new 16th district in 2012.[44] Tim Ryan, who has represented the now-defunct 17th district since 2003, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the new 13th district.[44] John Stephen Luchansky and Lisa Regula Meyer had also filed to seek the Democratic nomination, however both failed to refile after the Ohio General Assembly modified some districts' boundaries and moved the date of the primary.[61]

Pediatrician Marisha Agana ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.[41]

External links

Results

Ohio's 13th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Ryan (Incumbent) 235,492 72.77%
Republican Marisha Agana 88,120 27.23%
Totals 323,612 100%
Democratic hold

District 14[edit]

Republican Steve LaTourette, who had represented Ohio's 14th congressional district since 1995, was expected to seek re-election (and ran unopposed in the party primary),[41] but announced on July 31, 2012 that he was retiring at the end of the term. He officially withdrew from the ballot on August 8, allowing the party chairmen from the seven counties in the district to select a replacement nominee.[62]

Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce was chosen as the Republican nominee.[63] Other possible replacements that had been mentioned include Willoughby-Eastlake School Board member Paul Brickner;[64] former state Senator Kevin Coughlin;[65] Lake County Judge Vince Culotta;[65] former state Representative Matt Dolan;[65] former state Senator Tim Grendell;[65] state Senator Frank LaRose;[65] Cuyahoga County Councilman Jack Schron;[64] and, state Representative Ron Young.[64]

Dale Virgil Blanchard, an accountant and perennial candidate, received the Democratic nomination unopposed.[41][64]

Elaine Mastromatteo ran as the Green Party nominee. David Macko ran as the Libertarian Party nominee.[41]

External links
Dale Virgil Blanchard
David Joyce
David Macko
Elaine Mastromatteo

Results

Ohio's 14th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Joyce 183,657 54.03%
Democratic Dale Blanchard 131,637 38.73%
Green Elaine Mastromatteo 13,038 3.84%
Libertarian David Macko 11,536 3.39%
Independent Aaron Zurbrugg (write-in) 20 0.00%
Independent Steven Winfield (write-in) 5 0.00%
Independent Erick Donald Robinson (write-in) 1 0.00%
Totals 339,894 100%

District 15[edit]

Republican Steve Stivers, who has represented Ohio's 15th congressional district since January 2011, sought re-election in 2012.[66] Ralph Applegate and Charles Chope also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination.[19][67]

Pat Lang, the Athens city law director, defeated Scott Wharton, a farmer and pilot to win the Democratic nomination.[19][67]

External links
Pat Lang
Steve Stivers

Results

Ohio's 15th Congressional District election, 2012 [68]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Stivers (Incumbent) 205,274 61.56%
Democratic Pat Lang 128,188 38.44%
Totals 333,462 100%
Republican hold

District 16[edit]

Ohio's 16th congressional district has been represented by Republican Jim Renacci since January 2011. Renacci sought re-election 2012.[41]

Democratic U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, who had represented the 13th district since 2007, ran in the new 16th district in 2012.[44] Former U.S. Representative John Boccieri, a Democrat who represented the district from 2009 until 2011, did not run.[31][38]

Jeffrey Blevins, a restaurant manager who unsuccessfully ran as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2010, ran again[42] but withdrew on August 23, 2012.[69]

Polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Renacci (R)
Betty
Sutton (D)
Public Policy Polling[39] January 18–23, 2012 812 ± 3.4% 46% 46%
External links

Results

Ohio's 15th Congressional District election, 2012 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Renacci (Incumbent) 185,165 52.05%
Democratic Betty Sutton (Incumbent) 170,600 47.95%
Totals 355,765 100%
Republican hold

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