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United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Ohio

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Ohio took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 16 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 16 congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 7, 2012
March 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 5. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7.[1]

See also: Ohio elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, three of the 16 districts were considered to be in play. Those were the 6th, 7th and 16th districts.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win four districts while Republicans would win nine seats. It did not make a projection for the remaining three districts.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Ohio tied with Missouri, Nevada, and Mississippi for having the 15th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 62.5% of major party primaries having been contested (20 out of 32). The national average was 54.31%.

Sixteen U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in Ohio in 2012. 10 of those 16 (62.5%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held 13 of the 18 Congressional seats from Ohio. However, the state lost two seats after the 2010 census and elected 16 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Ohio -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 4
     Republican Party 13 12
Total 18 16

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 18 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Betty Sutton Electiondot.png Democratic 13
Bill Johnson Ends.png Republican 6
Bob Gibbs Ends.png Republican 18
Dennis J. Kucinich Electiondot.png Democratic 10
Jean Schmidt Ends.png Republican 2
Jim Jordan Ends.png Republican 4
James B. Renacci Ends.png Republican 16
John A. Boehner Ends.png Republican 8
Marcia L. Fudge Electiondot.png Democratic 11
Marcy Kaptur Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Michael R. Turner Ends.png Republican 3
Patrick J. Tiberi Ends.png Republican 12
Robert E. Latta Ends.png Republican 5
Steve Austria Ends.png Republican 7
Steve Chabot Ends.png Republican 1
Steve Stivers Ends.png Republican 15
Steven C. LaTourette Ends.png Republican 14
Tim Ryan Electiondot.png Democratic 17

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 16 seats up for election in 2012 in Ohio. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Ohio, District 10 Republican Party Mike Turner 22.1% 349,671 Sharen Swartz Neuhardt
Ohio, District 11 Democratic Party Marcia L. Fudge 100% 258,359 Unopposed
Ohio, District 12 Republican Party Patrick J. Tiberi 26.9% 368,474 James Reese
Ohio, District 13 Democratic Party Tim Ryan 45.5% 323,612 Marisha Agana
Ohio, District 14 Republican Party David Joyce 15.3% 339,868 Dale Virgil Blanchard
Ohio, District 15 Republican Party Steve Stivers 23.1% 333,462 Pat Lang
Ohio, District 16 Republican Party James B. Renacci 4.1% 355,765 Betty Sutton
Ohio, District 1 Republican Party Steve Chabot 20.1% 349,716 Jeff Sinnard
Ohio, District 2 Republican Party Brad Wenstrup 17.3% 331,373 William R. Smith
Ohio, District 3 Democratic Party Joyce Beatty 41.9% 295,647 Chris Long
Ohio, District 4 Republican Party Jim Jordan 21.9% 312,998 Jim Slone
Ohio, District 5 Republican Party Robert E. Latta 18.1% 351,878 Angela Zimmann
Ohio, District 6 Republican Party Bill Johnson 6.5% 308,980 Charlie Wilson
Ohio, District 7 Republican Party Bob Gibbs 12.8% 315,812 Joyce Healy-Abrams
Ohio, District 8 Republican Party John A. Boehner 98.4% 248,316 James Condit Jr.
Ohio, District 9 Democratic Party Marcy Kaptur 50% 298,164 Samuel Wurzelbacher

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of Ohio before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Jeff Sinnard
Republican Party Steve Chabot
Green Party Rich Stevenson
Libertarian Party Jim Berns
Steve Chabot Republican Party Steve Chabot No
2nd Democratic Party William R. Smith
Republican Party Brad Wenstrup
Jean Schmidt Republican Party Brad Wenstrup No
3rd Democratic Party Joyce Beatty
Republican Party Chris Long
Green Party Bob Fitrakis
Libertarian Party Richard Ehrbar III
Michael R. Turner Democratic Party Joyce Beatty Yes
4th Democratic Party Jim Slone
Republican Party Jim Jordan
Libertarian Party Chris Kalla
Jim Jordan Republican Party Jim Jordan No
5th Democratic Party Angela Zimmann
Republican Party Bob Latta
Libertarian Party Eric Eberly
Robert E. Latta Republican Party Bob Latta No
6th Democratic Party Charlie Wilson
Republican Party Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson Republican Party Bill Johnson No
7th Democratic Party Joyce Healy-Abrams
Republican Party Bob Gibbs
Steve Austria Republican Party Bob Gibbs No
8th Republican Party John Boehner John A. Boehner Republican Party John A. Boehner No
9th Democratic Party Marcy Kaptur
Republican Party Samuel Wurzelbacher
Libertarian Party Sean Stipe
Marcy Kaptur Democratic Party Marcy Kaptur No
10th Democratic Party Sharen Swartz Neuhardt
Republican Party Michael R. Turner
Libertarian Party David Harlow
Dennis J. Kucinich Republican Party Michael R. Turner Yes
11th Democratic Party Marcia L. Fudge Marcia L. Fudge Democratic Party Marcia L. Fudge No
12th Democratic Party James Reese
Republican Party Patrick J. Tiberi
Patrick J. Tiberi Republican Party Patrick J. Tiberi No
13th Democratic Party Tim Ryan
Republican Party Marisha Agana
Betty Sutton Democratic Party Tim Ryan No
14th Democratic Party Dale Virgil Blanchard
Republican Party David Joyce
Green Party Elaine R. Mastromatteo
Libertarian Party David Macko
Steven C. LaTourette Republican Party David Joyce No
15th Democratic Party Pat Lang
Republican Party Steve Stivers
Steve Stivers Republican Party Steve Stivers No
16th Democratic Party Betty Sutton
Republican PartyJim Renacci
James B. Renacci Republican Party Jim Renacci No
17th District Removed in Redistricting Tim Ryan (Ohio) N/A N/A
18th District Removed in Redistricting Bob Gibbs N/A N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jeff Sinnard
Republican Party Steve ChabotGreen check mark transparent.png
Green Party Rich Stevenson
Libertarian Party Jim Berns


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Green PartyGreen Party candidate

Libertarian PartyLibertarian primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party William R. Smith
Republican Party Brad WenstrupGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joyce BeattyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Long
Green Party Bob Fitrakis
Libertarian Party Richard Ehrbar III


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Did not appear on primary ballot

Republican Party Republican primary

Green Party Green Party primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Slone
Republican Party Jim Jordan IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Chris Kalla


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Angela Zimmann
Republican Party Bob LattaGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Eric Eberly


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Charlie Wilson
Republican Party Bill JohnsonGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joyce Healy-Abrams
Republican Party Bob GibbsGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party John BoehnerGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • No Democratic candidates filed in this district.

Republican Party Republican primary

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Marcy KapturGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Samuel Wurzelbacher
Libertarian Party Sean Stipe


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sharen Swartz Neuhardt:
Republican Party Mike Turner Current 3rd District incumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party David Harlow


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican candidate

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Marcia L. FudgeGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

  • No Republican candidates filed in this district.

12th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party James Reese
Republican Party Patrick J. TiberiGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

13th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Tim RyanGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Marisha Agana


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

  • Tim Ryan:56,670 17th Congressional District incumbent Approveda

Republican Party Republican primary

14th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dale Virgil Blanchard
Republican Party David JoyceGreen check mark transparent.png
Green Party Elaine R. Mastromatteo
Libertarian Party David Macko

Note: Incumbent Steven C. LaTourette announced on July 31, 2012 that he would be retiring in 2012, rather than seeking re-election. David Joyce was selected as the Republican replacement nominee.[37] Democratic nominee Dale Virgil Blanchard may be replaced for the general election as well.[38][39]


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Green PartyGreen Party primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian primary

15th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Pat Lang
Republican Party Steve StiversGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

16th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Betty Sutton
Republican Party Jim RenacciGreen check mark transparent.png


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Note: Jeffrey J. Blevins withdrew from the race in August.[42]

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[43] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[43]

See also

External links

References

  1. Ohio Secretary of State "FAQ," Accessed June 29, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Ohio," September 2012
  4. Cincinnati.com "Ohio's GOP presidential primary field set" accessed January 15, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Secretary of State of Ohio "Candidates for US Representative Primary," Created February 7, 2012
  6. Cincinnati Enquirer "William R. Smith, the Invisible Candidate" accessed March 9, 2012
  7. National Journal "The mystery nominee in Ohio" accessed March 10, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Upset in Ohio: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) loses primary to Brad Wenstrup" accessed March 10, 2012
  9. WOSU NPR "Filing Deadline Brings Surprises Along With Candidates," December 8, 2011
  10. The Hill Former Rep. Kilroy to run for House December 2, 2011
  11. The Columbus Dispatch December 2, 2011
  12. Columbus Dispatch "Candidates lining up to run in 2012," December 8, 2011
  13. wosu.org "New Congressional Map Draws New Candidates" accessed February 3, 2012
  14. Thisweeknews.com "Reynoldsburg's Long begins campaign for U.S. House seat" accessed January 16, 2012
  15. The Chronicle Telegram "Elyrian files to run for 4th District seat" accessed Febraury 3, 2012
  16. aclpo.org "Libertarians on the 2012 ballot in Allen County" accessed February 3, 2012
  17. OhioDaily blog "Angela Zimmann files to run for Bob "Who?" Latta's congressional seat" accessed January 16, 2012
  18. Toledo Blade "4 certified for place in District 5 primary" accessed January 16, 2012
  19. Toledo Blade "Political hopefuls in area meet primary filing deadline" accessed February 3, 2012
  20. The Hill "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio accessed December 6, 2011
  21. Wheeling News-Register "Four Vie For Seats In 6th" accessed January 16, 2012
  22. Wheeling News-Register "Four Vie For Seats In 6th" accessed January 16, 2012
  23. The Plain Dealer. "Ex-Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is treasurer for congressional candidate Joyce Healy-Abrams." accessed March 7, 2012.
  24. CantonRep.com "Candidates file campaign finance reports" accessed February 3, 2012
  25. Fox Toledo "Veysey enters tight 9th District race" accessed January 16, 2012
  26. Politico Joe the Plumber running for Congress in Ohio's 9th Congressional District December 6, 2011
  27. Toledo Blade "Auctioneer from Huron to oppose Plumber accessed January 16, 2012
  28. wyso.org Neuhardt announces candidacy for Ohio's 10th Congressional District January 4, 2012
  29. Dayton Daily News Candidate removed from local congressional race January 4, 2012
  30. Kettering-Oakwood Times Two GOP incumbents, One Dem to run for 10th District January 4, 2012
  31. wdtn.com "Beavercreek man running in 10th Congressional District" accessed February 4, 2012
  32. Kettering-Oakwood Times "Two GOP incumbents, one Dem to run for 10th District" accessed January 16, 2012
  33. WOSU NPR "Filing Deadline Brings Surprises Along With Candidates," December 8, 2011
  34. Dayton Daily News "Voters to face crowded ballot in 2012" accessed January 16, 2012
  35. opensecrets.org Ohio congressional races in 2012
  36. Cleveland.com "Republican challenger Marisha Agana says U.S. Rep Tim Ryan contributed 'billions' to national debt" accessed January 16, 2012
  37. Cleveland.com "Northeast Ohio GOP leaders choose David Joyce to replace outgoing Rep. Steve LaTourette on ballot (updated)" accessed August 13, 2012
  38. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named roll
  39. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named hill
  40. Cleveland.com "State Sen. Nina Turner drops congressional primary bid against Rep. Marcia Fudge" accessed January 16, 2012
  41. Roll Call "Democrat From Athens Will Challenge Steve Stivers in Ohio," December 8, 2011
  42. Cleveland.com, "Low-profile Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Blevins quits congressional race," August 23, 2012
  43. 43.0 43.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012