Ohio's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 10th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mike Turner Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dennis J. Kucinich Democratic Party
Dennis Kucinich.jpg

Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 10th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Republican Mike Turner won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 7, 2011
March 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[2]

See also: Ohio elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Dennis J. Kucinich (D), though because of redistricting, he will run in the 9th District in 2012. Kucinich has represented the 10th District since 1997.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Ohio's 10th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Montgomery, Greene, and Fayette counties.[4]

This is the 10th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Sharen Swartz Neuhardt:
Republican Party Mike Turner Current 3rd District incumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party David Harlow

March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican candidate

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Ohio District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Sharen Swartz Neuhardt 37.5% 131,097
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Turner 59.5% 208,201
     Libertarian David Harlow 3% 10,373
Total Votes 349,671
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSharen Neuhardt 35.7% 7,705
Olivia Freeman 25.6% 5,530
David Esrati 13.7% 2,952
Tom McMaster's 10.3% 2,212
Ryan Steele 7.6% 1,644
Mack VanAllen 7.1% 1,530
Total Votes 21,573

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Ohio's 10th Congressional District Republican Primary Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Turner Incumbent 80.1% 65,574
John Anderson 17.6% 14,435
Edward Breen 2.2% 1,839
Total Votes 81,848

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[13] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[13]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

The 10th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[14][15]

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 10 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

Ohio Congressional District 10[16]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 10 506,759 47,650 106,762 352,347 Republican 124.05% N/A
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Ohio's 10th District became less Republican because of redistricting.[17]

  • 2012: 46D / 54R
  • 2010: 44D / 56R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Ohio's 10th Congressional District has a PVI of R+2, which is the 212th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 50-50 percent (rounded the totals are even, but Obama garnered more votes) over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 52-48 percent over John Kerry (D).[18]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Michael R. Turner

Michael Turner (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]March 31, 2012$355,853.96$94,283$(28,183.81)$421,953.15
July Quarterly[20]July 15$421,953.15$145,830$(117,633.53)$450,149.62
Running totals

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Aprll Quarterly[21]March 31, 2012$81,266.11$127,093.05$(21,649.82)$186,709.34
July Quarterly[22]July 15$186,709.34$115,354.23$(83,627.41)$218,436.16
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Kucinich won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Peter J. Corrigan and Jeff Goggins in the general election.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 10 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDennis J. Kucinich Incumbent 53.1% 101,343
     Republican Peter J. Corrigan 43.9% 83,809
     Libertarian Jeff Goggins 3.1% 5,874
Total Votes 191,026

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  2. Ohio Secretary of State, "FAQ," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. Fox 8 Cleveland Kucinich seeks re-election in new Ohio district December 6, 2011 (dead link)
  4. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 9, 2012
  5. wyso.org Neuhardt announces candidacy for Ohio's 10th Congressional District January 4, 2012
  6. Dayton Daily News Candidate removed from local congressional race January 4, 2012
  7. Kettering-Oakwood Times Two GOP incumbents, One Dem to run for 10th District January 4, 2012
  8. wdtn.com "Beavercreek man running in 10th Congressional District" accessed February 4, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Secretary of State of Ohio "Candidates for US Representative Primary," Created February 7, 2012
  10. Kettering-Oakwood Times "Two GOP incumbents, one Dem to run for 10th District" accessed January 16, 2012
  11. WOSU NPR "Filing Deadline Brings Surprises Along With Candidates," December 8, 2011
  12. Dayton Daily News "Voters to face crowded ballot in 2012" accessed January 16, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  14. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "Ohio's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  15. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  16. Ohio Secretary of State, "Precinct-By-Precinct Data," March 6, 2012
  17. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Ohio," September 2012
  18. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Turner's April Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Turner's July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Sharen Swartz Neuhardt April Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Sharen Swartz Neuhardt July Quarterly," accessed October 5, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013