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U.S. Senate election, Ohio, 2010

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Background

Republican Senator George Victor Voinovich was the former Governor of Ohio and has served in the United States Senate since 1999. Throughout his tenure, the two-term senator has repeatedly broken ranks with his Republican Party colleagues and borne the anger of former conservative supporters. His opposition to lowering tax rates in addition to his support of gun control legislation and the Matthew Shepard Act have caused him to lose considerable esteem in the eyes of voters of a state that appears to be returning to the fold of the Republican Party.

Though he had strongly suggested in late-2005 that he would run for a third term in office, a Quinnipiac University survey released three years later, which showed Voinovich practically deadlocked with an unnamed Democratic opponent, forced him to reconsider his political future.[1] On Monday, January 12, 2009, Voinovich announced that he would be retiring at the end of the Congressional term.[2]

Qualifications

Standard qualifications necessary in order to be considered for a United States Senate position included being at least 30 years of age, a United States citizen for at least nine years prior to the date of the election, and, in this instance, an inhabitant of Ohio when elected.

In order to be placed on the ballot in Ohio, exactly a thousand signatures must have been gathered for major party candidates and be submitted to Secretary of State’s Elections Division in Columbus by 4 p.m. on February 18, 2010. Individuals running as independents were required to collect five thousand signatures, but had until May 3, 2010, one day before the state primary election, to submit them.

May 4, 2010 primaries

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for United States Senate - Democratic Primary[5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Lee Fisher (D) 55.6%
Jennifer Brunner (D) 44.4%
Total votes 673,597

Finances

According to a variety of sources here was the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates, as of April 2010:

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

  • Former Congressman, Robert "Rob" Jones Portman[8]

Electoral results

  • Rob Portman ran unopposed

Other candidates

  • Eric William Deaton, a New Lebanon electrical engineer[9] (Constitution Party)
  • Daniel H. La Botz (Socialist Party USA)
  • Warren P. Brown (Independent)
  • Eric LaMont Gregory, an former-Oxford University scientist (Independent)
  • David "Dave" Lee Myers, a small business owner (Independent)
  • Stephen Lahanas[10] (Independent)
  • Adam D. Shaffer, an employee of the Timken Company, based out of Canton, Ohio (Independent)
  • William "Bill" G. Pierce (Independent)
  • Michael L. Pryce (Independent)

Drop outs

  • Steven "Steve" R. Linnabary (Libertarian) lacked the necessary number of signatures to be qualified for the ballot.
  • Jeremy D. Swartz (Libertarian)
United States Senate
U.S. Senate Seal.png
Elections, 2010
Primary election dates, 2010

Controversies

FEC disclosure violation

In the midst of her campaign to claim the Democratic nomination in the race for the United States Senate, Brunner was accused of violating federal campaign financial disclosure laws. Rather then "list the identities and itemize the salaries of all her campaign staffers," her campaign committee instead chose to file "quarterly FEC campaign finance reports that itemized every stipend to each of her interns."[11] The issue with this, critics argued, was that it lumped the salaries of top staffers, including campaign manager David Dettman, operations manager Mary Woods and scheduler Mallory Mitchell, with those of her interns. While Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher called the claim "troubling," neither he nor Rob Portman, the likely Republican nominee in the race for the United States Senate, filed a formal complaint with the FEC over the issue.

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General Election candidates

Former candidates

References