Ohio Secretary of State election, 2014

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Ohio Secretary of State Election

Primary Date:
May 6, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Jon Husted Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jon Husted Republican Party
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Ohio State Executive Elections
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Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor

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The Ohio Secretary of State election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jon Husted (R) was first elected in 2010 and won re-election against Democratic state Sen. Nina Turner and Ohio Libertarian Party chair Kevin Knedler.[1]

The secretary of state's office was held by a Republican and a Democrat over the previous decade, as indicated in the past elections section. The race background and campaign themes sections provide details about the history of this race including endorsements and major issues. This seat was targeted during the general election by SOS for Democracy and SOS for SOS, outside groups who were lobbying for liberal and conservative secretary of state candidates, respectively.[2][3]

Ohio is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until Election Day, when they request a party's ballot.[4]


General election

Republican Party Jon Husted Green check mark transparent.png- Incumbent
Democratic Party Nina Turner - Ohio State Senator[5]
Libertarian Party Kevin Knedler - state Libertarian Party chairman[6][7]


Libertarian Party Aaron Keith Harris - Writer and communications consultant[8]


General election

Secretary of State of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Husted Incumbent 59.8% 1,811,020
     Democratic Nina Turner 35.5% 1,074,475
     Libertarian Kevin Knedler 4.7% 141,292
Total Votes 3,026,787
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Race background


Major newspapers in Ohio split over their choice for Ohio Secretary of State as Nina Turner earned the endorsement of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and Jon Husted receiving the endorsement of The Cincinnati Enquirer.[9][10]

Campaign finance


Mid-year campaign financial reports detailing the first six months of the year were due on July 31, 2013. Incumbent Husted's report showed he began the year with $1.05 million in his campaign account. Through June he raised $593,600. Factoring in expenditures, he was left with $1.6 million on hand.

Challenger Nina Turner began the year with $8,300 and raised $204,000 through June. Her campaign spent some $83,500, leaving her with $128,750 on hand.[11]

Campaign themes

All three candidates for attorney general met with the Northeast Ohio Media Group for an interview to determine The Plain Dealer's endorsement in this race. Husted spent some time during the interview defending his attempts to eliminate "Golden Week," which refers to the week where voter registration and early voting periods overlap. He noted that predecessor Jennifer Brunner (D) supported a similar measure along with Democrats in the Ohio State Legislature. The United States Supreme Court upheld the state's plan to cut early voting by one week in a 5-4 decision in late September. Turner criticized Husted and Ohio Republicans for weakening access to the polls for minority and low-income voters throughout the state. Kevin Knedler pointed out that voters should not strictly think in terms of Democrats or Republicans for such an important office, noting that Libertarians were the mainstream alternative to the major parties.[12][13]

Past elections


On November 2, 2010, Jon Husted won election to the office of Ohio Secretary of State. He defeated Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) and Charles Earl (L) in the general election.

Ohio Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Husted 53.7% 2,013,674
     Democratic Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 41.5% 1,555,705
     Libertarian Charles Earl 4.9% 182,977
Total Votes 3,752,356
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State


On November 7, 2006, Jennifer L. Brunner won election to the office of Ohio Secretary of State. She defeated Greg Hartmann (R), John A. Eastman (NP) and Timothy J. Kettler (NP) in the general election.

Ohio Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer L. Brunner 55% 2,104,114
     Republican Greg Hartmann 40.4% 1,546,454
     Nonpartisan John A. Eastman 2.5% 94,706
     Nonpartisan Timothy J. Kettler 2% 78,080
Total Votes 3,823,354
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
February 5, 2014 Filing deadline
May 6, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 Completion of state canvass of vote results
January 12, 2015 Inauguration of all state-wide executive officeholders

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