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Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

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Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate were held in Ohio on November 6, 2012. A total of 18 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 7, 2011. The primary election day will be March 6, 2012.

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

Incumbents retiring

A total of 2 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. They are:

Name Party Current Office
Mark Wagoner Ends.png Republican Senate District 2
Tom Niehaus Ends.png Republican Senate District 14

Term limits

Timothy Grendell represented District 18 of the Ohio State Senate from 2005 to 2011. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012 due to term limits but was appointed judge for the Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court in September 2011.[1].
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Ohio State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Ohio voters approved Ballot Issue 4, an initiated constitutional amendment, in 1992. This amendment became part of Section 2 of Article II of the Ohio Constitution and limits the amount of time that an Ohio State Senator can stay in office to two 4-year terms, saying, "No person shall hold the office of State Senator for a period longer than two successive terms of four years." Senators can run for office again after being out-of-office for at least a four-year period.

There are 33 Ohio State Senators. In 2012, 1 of them who was a current member, or 3.03% of the total senate seats, was ineligible to run for the senate again in November.

In addition to the 1 state senator who left office because of term limits, 6 state representatives were also termed-out.

The 1 current member of the state senate who was ineligible to run in November was:

Democrats (0):

There are no Democratic senators termed-out in 2012.

Republicans (1):

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

The expenditures from a candidate's personal funds, or the funds of his or her spouse, parents, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandparents, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, or grandparents by marriage, in connection with his or her campaign for nomination for election to office may exceed one hundred thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or one hundred fifty thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate, in the case of statewide candidates, and twenty five thousand dollars during a primary election period in the aggregate or twenty-five thousand dollars during the general election period in the aggregate.[2]

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Ohio in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[3]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 36 $12,648,369
2010 57 $10,478,510
2008 44 $10,659,072
2006 48 $11,477,877
2004 40 $11,477,877
2002 38 $8,461,690
2000 41 $8,804,029

During the 2012 election, the total contributions to the 36 Senate candidates was $12,648,369. The top 10 contributors were:[4]

2012 Donors, Ohio State Senate
Donor Amount
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte of Ohio $2,948,557
Ohio Republican Party $589,951
Ohio Democratic Party $181,958
American Electric Power $148,736
Firstenergy Corp $132,550
Ohio Senate Democrats $132,255
Ohio Association of Realtors $132,000
Ohio Education Association $130,273
Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio $129,667
King Strategic Communications $108,777

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Ohio

The Republican-dominated Ohio Apportionment Board approved new legislative maps by a party line vote of 4-1 on September 28, 2011. Armond Budish, the lone Democrat and dissenting vote, opposed the new maps, saying that the map effectively "quarantines" state Democrats in 1/3 of the Ohio's legislative districts.[5] A Dayton Daily News report suggested that only 20 of the 99 house districts were competitive and only seven of the state's 33 senate districts were competitive. The analysis also suggested that 51 of the house districts and 17 of the senate districts favored the GOP by five points or more. House Speaker William Batchelder defended the maps, arguing that they were a fair revision of the previous plan. He also noted that the board doubled the number of districts where African Americans are the majority.[6]

In Ohio, there are 10 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The 10 districts in Ohio were Districts 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 31.

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Ruby Weadock Weadock was included on preliminary candidate lists, but did not appear on the official candidate list.[7]
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Cliff Hite: 38,177 Approveda - Incumbent Hite first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Cliff Hite 107,472 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Note: Incumbent Mark Wagoner (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Bretz 73,113
Republican Party Randy Gardner 102,319 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Bill Coley: 24,017 Approveda - Incumbent Coley first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Coley 104,591 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rickey E. McKiddy 63,874
Republican Party Peggy Lehner 106,095 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Bill Seitz: 24,689 Approveda - Incumbent Seitz first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard G. Luken 65,744
Republican Party Bill Seitz 104,852 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Chris Widener: 35,833 Approveda - Incumbent Widener first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff D. Robertson 60,191
Republican Party Chris Widener 95,440 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Keith Faber: 40,372 Approveda - Incumbent Faber first assumed office in 2009.
Libertarian Party March 6 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Keith Faber 111,694 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Paul D. Hinds 29,974

District 14

Note: Incumbent Tom Niehaus (R) was ineligible for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joe Uecker 110,109 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Jim Hughes: 29,594 Approveda - Incumbent Hughes first assumed office in 2009.
Note: Nathan Larger was running but withdrew from the race.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Hughes 129,136 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed to run for this seat.

Note: Bob Peterson first assumed office in the seat in March 2012 following the primary to replace David T. Daniels (R).[8]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bob Peterson 93,829 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • John Eklund: 26,863 Approveda - Incumbent Eklund first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Mueller 75,354
Republican Party John Eklund 90,962 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Troy Balderson: 29,331 Approveda - Incumbent Balderson first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Teresa M. Scarmack 61,077
Republican Party Troy Balderson 89,659 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Note: Ellen Kay Haring was included on preliminary candidate lists, but did not appear on the official candidate list.[9]
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Larry Obhof Jr.: 29,273 Approveda - Incumbent Obhof first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James E. Riley 64,700
Republican Party Larry Obhof Jr. 94,525 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Thomas Patton: 25,675 Approveda - Incumbent Patton first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jennifer L. Brady 72,592
Republican Party Thomas Patton 104,247 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:
  • Dave Burke: 29,922 Approveda - Incumbent Burke first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tanyce J. Addison 56,741
Republican Party Dave Burke 86,055 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas Sawyer: 17,068 Approveda - Incumbent Sawyer first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas Sawyer 104,697 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert G. Roush 40,952

District 30

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Lou Gentile: 26,364 Approveda - Incumbent Gentile first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lou Gentile 82,403 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shane Thompson 74,884

Note: Laura D. Groux ran in the primary election, but withdrew afterward and was replaced by Shane Thompson.[10]

District 32

Democratic Party March 6 Democratic primary:
  • Capri Cafaro: 22,222 Approveda - Incumbent Cafaro first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party March 6 Republican primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Capri Cafaro 99,499 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nancy McArthur 48,681

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