William R. Smith
|William R. Smith|
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|U.S. House, Ohio, District 2|
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.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans hold their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.
|U.S. House, Ohio District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William R. Smith||41.4%||137,077|
|Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Ohio District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|William R. Smith||50.2%||10,175|
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.
As of October 4, 2012, Smith did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission
- Cincinnati.com, "GOP presidential primary field set," accessed January 16, 2012
- Cincinnati Enquirer, "William Smith, the invisible candidate," accessed March 12, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed June 10, 2014
- Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
- USA Today, "Mystery super PAC may have violated election law," accessed March 12, 2012