Ohio Attorney General election, 2010

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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2010


Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

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Statewide elections, 2010
November 2nd General Election results

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The Ohio Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Democrat Richard Cordray had been elected in a November 2008 special election to fill the unexpired term of Nancy Hardin Rogers. He sought election to a full four year term in 2010, but fell to his Republican challenger, former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine.

Marc Allan Feldman of the Libertarian Party and Robert M. Owens of the Constitution Party also ran.

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Ballotpedia suggested the race leaned Republican, while Governing magazine called it a toss-up.

2010 Race Rankings for Ohio Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Republican
Governing [1] Toss-up
Overall Call Toss-up

General Election campaign

Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Incumbent Richard Cordray
Libertarian Party Libertarian Party - Cleveland physician Marc Allan Feldman
Constitution Party Constitution Party - Delaware, OH attorney Robert M. Owens

General election results

Ohio Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike DeWine 47.5% 1,821,414
     Democratic Richard Cordray (D) 46.3% 1,772,728
     Constitution Robert Owens 3.4% 130,065
     Libertarian Marc Feldman 2.8% 107,521
Total Votes 3,831,728
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State

Debate

On Thursday, August 12th, the four candidates campaigning for the Office of State Attorney General - Republican Mike DeWine, Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray, Libertarian Marc Allan Feldman, and conservative Robert M. Owens - took part in a debate sponsored by the News-Herald and Lakeland Community College. The main topic of conversation was how the state attorney general could help improve the regulatory environment for small business in Ohio.

Endorsements

Richard Cordray

  • Buckeye Firearm Association [2] [3]
  • Canton Police Patrolman’s Association [4]
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer, local newspaper [5] [6]
  • Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association [4]
  • Cincinnati Enquirer, local newspaper [7] [8]
  • Columbis Dispatch, local newspaper [9]
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) [10]
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio [11]
  • Ohio AFL-CIO [12]
  • Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) [13] [14]
  • Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association [4]
  • Ohio Society of CPAs [15]
  • SEIU District 1199 [16]
  • Toledo Police Command Officers Association [4]
  • Toledo Police Patrolmen’s Association [4]
  • Troopers for a Safer Ohio [4]

Richard Michael DeWine

Robert Owens

Finances

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, as of September 8, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Richard Cordray Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [22] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
August 1 - August 30, 2010 [23] September 3, 2010 $3,513,787.78 $429,040.70 $63,467.85 $15,224.56 $0.00 $3,958,053.04
June 5 - July 31, 2010 [24] August 4, 2010 $3,011,845.71 $498,690.56 $54,459.29 $3,251.51 $0.00 $3,513,787.78
April 15 - June 4, 2010 [25] June 11, 2010 $2,251,130.83 $759,170.24 $20,418.66 $2,343.75 $799.11 $3,011,845.71
Richard Michael DeWine Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [22] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
August 1 - August 30, 2010 [26] September 3, 2010 $2,155,360.36 $414,175.14 $12,232.30 $1,284.80 $0.00 $2,570,820.30
June 5 - July 31, 2010 [27] August 4, 2010 $1,239,026.68 $914,764.89 $8,186.66 $1,568.79 $0.00 $2,155,360.36
April 15 - June 4, 2010 [28] June 11, 2010 $1,089,646.83 $227,073.00 $11,918.60 $1,366.18 $79,059.33 $1,239,026.68

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections

Public Opinion Strategies Poll

Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm based out of Virginia, interviewed 600 likely Ohio voters between July 21 and 22, 2010. The polling data showed that former United States Senator Mike DeWine holds a commanding twelve point lead over his Democratic opponent. In addition to crushing Cordray among Republican voters 88% - 8%, DeWine maintains an advantage 46% - 27% among the sought after independent demographic. Still, with three months until the general election, there is plenty of time for Cordray to catch up.

Public Opinions Strategies Poll - July 21 - 22, 2010 [29]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike DeWine (R) 48%
Richard Cordray (D) 36%
Undecided 16%
Total voters 600

Survey USA 1st Poll

Survey USA, a public opinion polls and private market research firm, under contract with a local news station in Ohio surveyed 905 registered voters about all the statewide races on the ballot in November; of these, 641 were deemed to be likely voters. The polling data shows Republicans maintaining sizable lead in all three major contests, including the one for state attorney general. What has to be a concern for both major party candidates in this race, however, is that each one of them practically splits the independent demographic. Additionally, the two third-party candidates pull away a combined twenty percent of those unaffiliated voters interviewed while another seven percent remain uncommitted in the contest. It should be noted, however, that Survey USA does not use live call center employees, but rather an automated system in which taped questions are asked via a professional announcer; the respondent is then invited to press a button on their phone or record a message indicating their selections.

Survey USA Poll - September 10 - 13, 2010 [30]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike DeWine (R) 47%
Richard Cordray (D) 40%
Marc Allan Feldman (Libertarian) 4%
Robert Owens (CP) 4%
Undecided 4%
Total voters 641

Suffolk University Poll

Suffolk University Poll - October 4 - 6, 2010 [31]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike DeWine (R) 44%
Richard Cordray (D) 38%
Marc Allan Feldman (Libertarian) 2%
Robert Owens (CP) 2%
Undecided 13%
Total voters 500

Survey USA 2nd Poll

Survey USA, a public opinion polls and private market research firm, under contract with a local news station in Ohio surveyed 828 registered voters about all three of the major statewide races on the ballot in November; of these, 613 were deemed to be likely voters. The polling data shows an increasingly tightening race for state attorney general with Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray pulling within the error of margin against his Republican challenger, Mike DeWine. The situation is not entirely grim for DeWine, however. Unlike the last Survey USA poll, in which independents were evenly split between the two major party candidates, the latest survey indicates that unidentified voters favored DeWine 46% to 36% over Cordray; with six percent of the undecided voters interviewed being independents, this benefits the Republican challenger. Aditionally, among those interviewed who said they had already voted, the majority supported Cordray. State Democrats have done an impressive job of getting their supporters to the polls early. However, if Republican turnout on Election Day is as strong as expected, their efforts may come to nothing. It should be noted, however, that Survey USA does not use live call center employees, but rather an automated system in which taped questions are asked via a professional announcer; the respondent is then invited to press a button on their phone or record a message indicating their selections.

Survey USA Poll - October 22 - 26, 2010 [32]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike DeWine (R) 46%
Richard Cordray (D) 44%
Marc Allan Feldman (Libertarian) 3%
Robert Owens (CP) 3%
Undecided 4%
Total voters 613

May 4, 2010 primaries

See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2010; Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

Finances

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, as of April 22, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Richard Cordray Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [22] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - April 14, 2010 [34] April 22, 2010 $2,525,085.39 $491,519.12 $38,422.55 $10,324.77 $775,798.45 $2,251,130.83
July 1 - December 31, 2009 [35] January 29, 2010 $2,005,506.71 $516,792.26 $8,264.12 $85,263.50 $82,477.08 $2,525,085.39
June 4 - June 30, 2009 [36] July 31, 2009 $1,112,788.78 $1,011,160.57 $73,138.29 $15,011.78 $133,454.40 $2,005,506.71

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Drop outs

  • Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost announced in late-January 2010 that he would abandon his bid for the Republican nomination in the state's attorney general race and seek the nomination for state auditor instead. [38]
  • Attorney Steve Christopher, founding member of the Hardin County Tea Party [39]

Electoral results

Finances

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, as of April 22, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Richard Michael DeWine Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [22] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - April 14, 2010 [40] April 22, 2010 $1,040,089.41 $160,930.00 $11,193.51 $2,260.06 $113,632.64 $1,089,646.83
July 1 - December 31, 2009 [41] January 29, 2010 $39,500.00 $779,510.81 $25,509.26 $500,589.45 $279,510.85 $1,040,089.41
June 4 - June 30, 2009 [42] July 31, 2009 $0.00 $39,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $39,500.00

Controversies

Christopher disqualification

Conservative attorney Steve Christopher was disqualified from participating in the state's attorney general contest by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner after her office claimed his campaign "did not file enough valid signatures to make the ballot." [43] It was determined that Christopher stood about a hundred short of the minimum requirement of one-thousand signatures to qualify for placement in the May 4th state primary, having submitted 788 signatures, of which only 638 had been validated by county boards of elections. Christopher's campaign contended that "approximately 1,962 signatures were lost or misplaced" by Brunner's office, who fervently denied the allegation. [44]

Critics of the Secretary of State questioned why Brunner had even bothered determining the validity of the submitted signatures "if there weren’t at least the minimum requirement of 1,000." [45] In addition to producing a receipt issued by Brunner's office showing he had collected 2,750 signatures, far more then the necessary minimum, Christopher's campaign presented signature records that conflicted with the documentation published by state election officials. [46] [47] About a week after the controversy began, Christopher hired prominent conservative attorney David R. Langdon to contest the issue in court. [48] He eventually stopped legal proceedings after it had been determined that even if he was successful in court he would not have sufficient time in which to mount a proper challenge to Mike DeWine for the Republican nomination.

Ethics complaint

Robert Owens, the Constitution Party candidate for Attorney General, filed an ethics complaint against incumbent Richard Cordray on Thursday, September 30, 2010 for supposedly skirting state campaign finance laws. [49] Owens requested that the Ohio Elections Commission, an independent disciplinary agency that is responsible for most disciplinary matters under Ohio's campaign finance laws, investigate whether or not Cordray's transfer of over $750,000 from his 2008 campaign balance to state and county Democratic Party organizations was a coordinated violation of the state's "excess funds" law. [50] The purpose of the "excess fund" law is to prevent more than $200,000 from being transferred from one race to another.

Two county Republican Party organizations filed formal complaints against Cordray. Both were eventually withdrawn.[51]

Owens disqualification

Constitution Party candidate Robert M. Owens was disqualified from participation in the state's attorney general race by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on the grounds that the candidate lacked the sufficient number of signatures to gain access to the ballot. The Franklin County Board of Elections had deemed 385 out of the 547 signatures Owens had submitted there to be illegible and were therefore determined to be invalid. Overall, this left the conservative candidate nineteen signatures short of the five hundred required signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot.

Eleven days after the decision was handed down, Owens filed suit against Brunner's office claiming the board had improperly rejected valid signatures. On March 31, 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court, in a 6-1 decision, "ordered Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to certify Owens as the Constitution Party candidate for the state's top legal job in the May 4 primary." The State Supreme Court had concluded that not only was the county board wrong "in rejecting signatures for which either the signature or address could not be read," but that they had also improperly rejected at least eleven signatures as being from unregistered voters when, in fact, they matched current voter rolls. [52]

See also

External links

Ohio

General Election candidates

Former candidates

References

  1. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  2. Buckeye Firearm Association "Buckeye Firearms Association endorses Richard Cordray for Ohio Attorney General" 21 July, 2010
  3. Ohio Daily "More bad news for Mike DeWine" 21 July, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Glass City Jungle "Every law enforcement group in State has endorsed Cordray" 26 Aug. 2010
  5. Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Plain Dealer endorses Richard Cordray for attorney general of Ohio: editorial" 6 Oct. 2010
  6. Ohio Daily "Plain Dealer Endorses Cordray. Says of DeWine: "Sad to Watch"" 6 Oct. 2010
  7. Cincinnati Enquirer "Early favorites: Statewide Races" 26 Sept. 2010
  8. Ohio Daily "Cincy Enquirer Endorses Cordray, Pepper, Boyce" 26 Sept. 2010
  9. The Columbus Dispatch "Endorsement: Cordray for attorney general" 13 Oct. 2010
  10. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  11. Progress Ohio "NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Endorses Statewide Candidates" 1 Sept. 2010
  12. Ohio AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  13. WKSU News "FOP splits endorsements among Democrats and Republicans" 20 July, 2010
  14. Plunderbund "Ohio Fraternal Order of Police endorse Strickland, Portman(?), Cordray, Boyce & O’Shaughnessy" 20 July, 2010
  15. Ohio Society of CPAs - OSCPA announces 2010 general election candidate endorsements
  16. SEIU District 1199 "Ohio Endorsements by SEIU District 1199" 27 Sept. 2010
  17. Ohio Republican Party "Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Endorses Kasich, Husted and DeWine" 23 Sept. 2010
  18. Capital Blog "Chamber endorses Kasich, Husted, DeWine" 23 Sept. 2010
  19. Life News "Ohio Pro-Life Group Issues 2010 Election Endorsements, Backs Portman, Kasich" 17 May, 2010
  20. Independent Political Report "Constitution Party Candidate Robert Owens Endorsed by Family First PAC" 21 Aug. 2010
  21. Campaign for Liberty "Ohio Tea Party PAC Endorses Robert Owens for Ohio Attorney General" 28 Sept. 2010
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  23. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray August 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  24. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  25. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray 2010 Post-Primary Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  26. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine August 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  27. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  28. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine 2010 Post-Primary Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  29. Public Opinion Strategies "Poll Summary - Ohio Attorney General Race" 9 Aug. 2010
  30. Survey USA "Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17045" 14 Sept. 2010
  31. Suffolk University "Republicans Leading for U.S. Senator and Governor" 7 Oct. 2010
  32. Survey USA "Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #17045" 27 Oct. 2010
  33. The Columbus Dispatch "Cordray queues up" 15 Feb. 2010
  34. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray 2010 Pre-Primary Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  35. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray 2009 Annual (January) Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  36. Ohio Secretary of State - Richard Cordray 2009 Semi-Annual (July) Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  37. Springfield News-Sun "DeWine launches bid for attorney general" 22 July, 2009
  38. Cleveland Live "Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost leaves Ohio attorney general race for auditor's race" 25 Jan. 2010
  39. Dayton Daily News "Tea Party names candidate to battle DeWine for GOP nomination" 8 Feb. 2010
  40. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine 2010 Pre-Primary Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  41. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine 2009 Annual (January) Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  42. Ohio Secretary of State - Mike DeWine 2009 Semi-Annual (July) Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  43. The Columbus Dispatch "Conservative attorney general candidates knocked off ballot" 5 March, 2010
  44. Dayton Daily News "DeWine foe may mount legal challenge to get on ballot" 8 March, 2010
  45. Right Ohio "It Appears that with Christopher’s Petitions, Jennifer Brunner Screwed the Pooch" 10 March, 2010
  46. Steve Christopher Signature Receipt
  47. Dayton Daily News "Brunner fires back in AG ballot signature flap" 9 March, 2010
  48. Right Ohio "Steve Christopher Fights Back Against Jennifer Brunner’s Massive Screw-Up" 12 March, 2010
  49. Ron Paul Forums "Ohio: Robert Owens Files Ethics Complaint Against Democrat AG Richard Cordray" 1 Oct. 2010
  50. Right Ohio "Rich Cordray’s Shady Money Laundering" 18 July, 2010
  51. The Columbus Dispatch, "Complaints in statewide races pulled, thrown out," September 4, 2010.
  52. The Columbus Dispatch "Delaware lawyer can run for attorney general, court says" 31 March, 2010