William R. Smith

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William R. Smith
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 2
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William R. Smith was the 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Ohio.[1]

Smith's primary victory over his well-known challenger came as a shock. He was even dubbed the "invisible candidate" because of his lack of campaign presence. Smith won by 59 votes out of nearly 20,000 cast.[2]



See also: Ohio's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Smith was defeated by Republican Brad Wenstrup.[3] Smith defeated David Krikorian in the Democratic primary 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 2nd District.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[4] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[4]

U.S. House, Ohio District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic William R. Smith 41.4% 137,077
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Wenstrup 58.6% 194,296
Total Votes 331,373
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam R. Smith 50.2% 10,175
David Krikorian 49.8% 10,114
Total Votes 20,289

Super PAC involvement

After Smith's victory, it was revealed that the "Victory Ohio Super PAC" blitzed voters in the 2nd District with pro-Smith robocalls. The activity may have violated election law, however, because the group did not register with the Federal Election Commission, or reveal campaign donors or spending.[5]

Campaign donors

As of October 4, 2012, Smith did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission

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