2002 Ohio gubernatorial election

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Ohio gubernatorial election, 2002

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Nominee Bob Taft Tim Hagan
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,865,007 1,236,924
Percentage 57.8% 38.3%

Ohio Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 2002.svg
County Results
Taft:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hagan:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Bob Taft
Republican

Elected Governor

Bob Taft
Republican

The 2002 Ohio gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican Governor of Ohio Bob Taft ran for re-election to a second and final term as governor, and he was opposed by Democratic nominee Tim Hagan, a former Cuyahoga County Commissioner. The race between Taft and Hagan was not competitive, and Taft was re-elected by a substantial margin, ensuring his return to the governor's office.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Hagan 467,572 100.00
Total votes 467,572 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Taft (Incumbent) 552,491 100.00
Total votes 552,491 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Taft won reelection easily, winning by nearly 19.5% and by 628,083 votes. Taft did well in most parts of the state. Hagan only managed to win six out of 88 counties. Hagan won Lorain County, Cuyahoga County, Summit County, Trumbull County, Mahoning County, and Athens County. Despite winning in a landslide Taft would go on to be extremely unpopular in his second term, leaving office with a 2% approval rating, the lowest for any statewide official in modern U.S. history. In 2006 Democrat Ted Strickland would easily go on to defeat Republican Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. It resulted in a gain for the Democrats, and was the first time they had obtained the governorship in 16 years.

Ohio gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bob Taft (inc.) 1,865,007 57.76% +7.71%
Democratic Tim Hagan 1,236,924 38.31% -6.38%
Independent John Eastman 126,686 3.92%
Write-ins 375 0.01%
Majority 628,083 19.45% +14.09%
Turnout 3,228,992
Republican hold Swing

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