The calm before the storm: Ohio state executive primary elections review

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May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 Primary Recap
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By Garrett Fortin

The 2014 Ohio primary elections were held on May 6, 2014. It was a quiet primary election for state executives; among the six state executive offices there was just one competitive primary, with two tickets contesting the Democratic nominations for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. With the outcome of this sole race in little doubt, the stage is now set for these close races and hard-fought general election campaigns.

The only other disputed outcome was whether four third-party candidates would get the 500 write-in votes they needed to gain access to the November ballot. We will not know whether these candidates succeeded until all the write-ins are counted.


Ohio Governor
See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

In the Democratic race, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald overcame perennial candidate Larry Ealy as anticipated. Republican incumbent John Kasich was unopposed in the primary. Green Party challenger Anita Rios was trying to get onto the November ballot but we do not know yet if her efforts were successful.

If Rios was unsuccessful, then the Green Party will cease to exist as an official party in Ohio after this election cycle because it will be impossible for their governor candidate to receive the votes necessary in the governor's race. Because the Libertarian Party of Ohio does not have a candidate for governor, it already faces this situation.[1] The former Libertarian candidate for governor even took his efforts to qualify for the primary to the Supreme Court to no avail. The legal case is still in progress.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio - Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 83.2% 362,781
Larry Ealy/Ken Gray 16.8% 73,346
Total Votes 436,127
Election Results Via:WBNS-10TV Election Results. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.



Ohio Lieutenant Governor
See also: Ohio Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Running on the same ticket as FitzGerald, Sharen Neuhardt is the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, defeating Ealy's running mate Ken Gray. Republican incumbent Mary Taylor ran on the same unopposed ticket as Governor Kasich. Green Party candidate Bob Fitrakis was trying to qualify for the general election on the same ticket as Rios.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio - Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 83.2% 362,781
Larry Ealy/Ken Gray 16.8% 73,346
Total Votes 436,127
Election Results Via:WBNS-10TV Election Results. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.



Ohio Secretary of State
See also: Ohio secretary of state election, 2014

Both Republican incumbent Jon Husted and Democratic challenger Nina Turner were unopposed in their primaries. Libertarian Kevin Knedler was trying to get onto the November ballot but we do not know yet if his efforts were successful.


Ohio Attorney General
See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014

Both Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger David Pepper were unopposed in their primaries.


Ohio down ballot offices
See also: Ohio down ballot state executive elections, 2014
  • Treasurer

Both Republican incumbent Josh Mandel and Democratic challenger Connie Pillich were unopposed in their primaries.

  • Auditor

Both Republican incumbent Dave Yost and Democratic challenger John Patrick Carney were unopposed in their primaries. Libertarian Bob Bridges was trying to get onto the November ballot but we do not know yet if his efforts were successful.

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