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Ohio elections, 2014

The Ohio general election, 2014 will be held on November 4, 2014 throughout Ohio, with polls open from 6:30 AM to 7:30PM. All voters who wish to vote in the general election must register by October 6, 2014. The close of registration for electors in the primary election is April 7, 2014, and the primary election day will take place on May 6, 2014.[1]

Early voting

Early and absentee voting dates have not yet been established for 2014. During the week of November 18, 2013, Republicans in the state legislature planned to introduce four bills that would restrict voting in the 2014 elections, including shortening the early voting period from 35 to 29 days.[2]

Federal representatives

United States Senate

There is no U.S. Senate election in Ohio in 2014. Republican Senator Rob Portman is a Class III Senator and will be eligible for re-election in 2016. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is a Class I Senator and will be eligible for re-election in 2018.

United States House of Representatives

All of Ohio's 16 seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2014.

State executive branch

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor are running for re-election to a second term in office.

Ed FitzGerald, the County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is the Democratic nominee. His running mate is attorney and former Congressional nominee Sharen Neuhardt.[3]

Anita Rios is running as the Green Party candidate. Her running mate is Bob Fitrakis.[4]

Governor John Kasich and his running mate Lt. Governor Mary Taylor were re-elected with 64% of the vote.

Attorney General

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine is running for re-election to a second term in office.

Former Cincinnati City Councilman and former Hamilton County Commissioner David A. Pepper is running for the Democrats.[5]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
DeWine (R)
David A.
Pepper (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 61% 39%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 60% 32% 7%
Buckeye Poll August 31, 2014 600 ± 4% 41% 22% 37%
Ohio GOP August 20–23, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 60% 31% 9%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 46% 32% 21%

Secretary of State

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Senator Nina Turner is running for the Democrats.[6]

Libertarian Kevin Knedler is also running.[7]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jon
Husted (R)
Nina
Turner (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 58% 37% 5%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 49% 35% 4%[8] 12%
Buckeye Poll August 31, 2014 600 ± 4% 30% 25% 45%
Public Policy Polling[9] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 46% 43% 11%
Public Policy Polling[9] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 45% 42% 13%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 37% 36% 28%

Treasurer

Incumbent Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Representative Connie Pillich is running for the Democrats.[10]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Josh
Mandel (R)
Connie
Pillich (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 53% 47%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 47% 41% 11%
Buckeye Poll August 31, 2014 600 ± 4% 34% 25% 41%
Public Policy Polling[9] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 44% 47% 9%
Public Policy Polling[9] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 43% 46% 11%
Public Policy Polling November 5–6, 2013 595 RV ± 4% 43% 47% 10%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 35% 40% 24%

Auditor

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Dave Yost is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Representative John Patrick Carney is running for the Democrats.[11]

Libertarian Bob Bridges is also running.[7]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Yost (R)
John Patrick
Carney (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 55% 39% 6%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 45% 33% 5%[12] 16%
Buckeye Poll August 31, 2014 600 ± 4% 26% 22% 52%
Public Policy Polling[9] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 44% 42% 14%
Public Policy Polling[9] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 42% 40% 17%

State legislative branch

Ohio Senate

The 17 odd-numbered districts out of 33 seats in the Ohio Senate are up for election in 2014. Ten of these seats are currently held by Republicans and seven are held by Democrats. Republicans currently control the chamber with a 23 to 10 majority.

Ohio House of Representatives

All 99 seats in the Ohio House of Representatives are up for election in 2014. Republicans currently hold 59 seats and Democrats hold 40 seats.

State judicial branch

Supreme Court of Ohio

While judicial races in Ohio are technically non-partisan (party affiliations are not listed on the ballot), candidates run in party primaries. Terms are six years, and justices may run for re-election an unlimited number of times before their 70th birthday. The Supreme Court currently consists of 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat.

  • Incumbent Justice Sharon L. Kennedy (R) is eligible to run for another 6-year term. She will be running against State Representative Tom Letson (D) in the general election.
  • Incumbent Justice Judith L. French (R) is eligible to run for another 6-year term. She will be running against Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O'Donnell (D) in the general election.
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sharon L.
Kennedy (R)
Tom
Letson (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 75% 25%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 32% 11% 57%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Judith L.
French (R)
John P.
O'Donnell (D)
Other Undecided
The Columbus Dispatch October 22–31, 2014 1,009 ± 3.3% 56% 44%
The Columbus Dispatch September 3–12, 2014 1,185 ± 2.7% 20% 26% 54%
Public Policy Polling[9] April 14-15, 2014 1,050 ± 3% 22% 29% 49%

Court of Appeals

The Ohio District Courts of Appeals consists of 69 judges in 12 districts. Judges serve a 6-year term. Approximately 1/3 of these positions will be up for election in 2014.

Ballot Initiatives

May Election

  • Issue One: to fund public infrastructure capital improvements by permitting the issuance of general obligation bonds.[13]

November Election

No initiatives qualified for the November 2014 ballot.

References

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  8. ^ Kevin Knedler (L)
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Poll commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party.
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  12. ^ Bob Bridges (L)
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