Ohio state executive official elections, 2014

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Six state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Ohio. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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.[1]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Ohio:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held six of the six state executive seats in Ohio.

Ohio State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 6 6
     Democratic Party 0 0
Total 6 6



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The only contested races in the primary on May 6 were the Democratic nominations for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The candidates ran on joint tickets.

Governor

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio - Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 83.1% 366,056
Larry Ealy/Ken Gray 16.9% 74,197
Total Votes 440,253
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Governor/Lt. Governor of Ohio - Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 83.1% 366,056
Larry Ealy/Ken Gray 16.9% 74,197
Total Votes 440,253
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor Incumbent 63.6% 1,944,848
     Democratic Ed FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 33% 1,009,359
     Green Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis 3.3% 101,706
Total Votes 3,055,913
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike DeWine Incumbent 61.5% 1,882,048
     Democratic David Pepper 38.5% 1,178,426
Total Votes 3,060,474
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

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.

Treasurer

Ohio Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Mandel Incumbent 56.6% 1,724,060
     Democratic Connie Pillich 43.4% 1,323,325
Total Votes 3,047,385
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Auditor

Ohio Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Yost Incumbent 57% 1,711,927
     Democratic John Patrick Carney 38.3% 1,149,305
     Libertarian Bob Bridges 4.8% 143,363
Total Votes 3,004,595
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[3] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[4]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[5]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[6]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 81,687,059 35.9

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

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

State executive organization

State executive officials in Ohio are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

Ohio exec org chart.png

Ballotpedia reports

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