Ohio State Senate elections, 2008

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Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 4, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.[1] Sixteen seats were up for election.

Campaign contributions

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.[2]

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 2008 election, the total contributions to the 44 Senate candidates was $13,649,223. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

2008 Donors, Ohio State Senate
Donor Amount
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte of Ohio $3,056,587
Ohio Republican Party $656,103
Ohio Senate Democrats $232,313
Ohio Association of Realtors $172,800
Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio $146,040
Ohio Democratic Party $134,855
Firstenergy Corp $130,500
Brennan, David L $103,150
Ohio State Medical Association $96,950
Citizens for Gillmor $92,670

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 2

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Darwitt Garrett: 15,288
  • Sylvia Washburn: 35,151 Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Mark Hollenbaugh: 3,652
  • John F. Schulte: 3,439
  • Mark Wagoner: 20,292 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jackie Brown: 72,379
Republican Party Mark Wagoner: 109,525 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Kathryn Bridgman: 21,808 Approveda
  • Erik Rivera: 8,973
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Gary Cates Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathryn Bridgman: 60,397
Republican Party Gary Cates: 95,137 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • John R. Doll Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Jon Husted Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John R. Doll: 65,216
Republican Party Jon Husted: 103,975 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Daniel J. McCarthy Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • William J. Seitz Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel J. McCarthy: 69,425
Republican Party William J. Seitz: 101,944 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Roger Tackett Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • James E. Howard: 4,326
  • W. Reed Madden: 8,937
  • Chris Widener: 26,901 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roger Tackett: 60,787
Republican Party Chris Widener: 99,508 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas Matthew Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Keith Faber Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas Matthew: 46,273
Republican Party Keith Faber: 106,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Jack Kaffenberger: 6,750

District 14

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Holly Stutz Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Tom Niehaus Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gregory Napolitano: 52,044
Republican Party Tom Niehaus: 101,308 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Margaret Leech: 9,331

District 16

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Danielle R. Blue Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Jim Hughes Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Danielle R. Blue: 77,070
Republican Party Jim Hughes: 106,708 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Amy Diamond Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Timothy Grendell Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Timothy Grendell Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Rick Shriver Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Jimmy Stewart Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rick Shriver: 62,268
Republican Party Jimmy Stewart: 84,664 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Timothy Kettler: 8,538

District 22

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • James E. Riley Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Bob Gibbs Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James E. Riley: 62,504
Republican Party Bob Gibbs: 90,111 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Emanuel J. Cotronakis Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Thomas F. Patton Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Kucinich: 57,839
Republican Party Thomas F. Patton: 125,159 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas L. Kruse Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Karen Gillmor: 25,642 Approveda
  • Steve Reinhard: 17,182

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas L. Kruse: 57,982
Republican Party Karen Gillmor: 98,883 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas C. Sawyer Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • James R. Carr Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas C. Sawyer: 108,168 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James R. Carr: 50,064

District 30

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Jason H. Wilson Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • Tim Ginter Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason H. Wilson: 92,927 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tim Ginter: 59,761

District 32

Democratic Party March 4 Democratic primary:
  • Capri Cafaro Approveda
Republican Party March 4 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Capri Cafaro Green check mark transparent.png

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