Ohio - Governor

as of October 29

The Candidates

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Ted Strickland

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: August 4, 1941
  • Residence: Lisbon, OH

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John Kasich

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: May 13, 1952
  • Residence: Westerville, OH

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Previous Results

    Ohio Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Ted Strickland DEM 2,435,384 60.6%
    J. Kenneth Blackwell REP 1,474,285 36.7%
    Bill Peirce NON 71,468 1.8%
    Robert Fitrakis NON 40,965 1%

    U.S. President: Ohio (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 2,940,047 51.5%
    John McCain REP 2,677,820 46.9%
    Ralph Nader IND 42,337 0.7%
    Bob Barr LIB 19,917 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 12,565 0.2%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 8,518 0.1%
    Richard Duncan IND 3,905 0.1%
    Brian Moore SOC 2,735 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 29, 2010

New NPR Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Oct 19, 2010

    It's Still Neck And Neck In Ohio

    There is a sense that Gov. Ted Strickland (D), on the losing end of polls in his battle with former Rep. John Kasich (R), may be closing the gap. But even with Kasich up for most of the year, I had this as a toss-up, and it stays there for now. -Ken Rudin

      Oct 15, 2010

      New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

      Lean-R (was Toss-up)

        Sep 3, 2010

        Strickland Battles To Hold Seat

        Incumbent Ted Strickland (D) won the governorship in 2006, at a time when the long-dominant state Republican Party was enmeshed in scandal, starting with then-Gov. Bob Taft. But he has not had an easy go of it, as the state economy -- as in many other Midwestern states -- was on the rocks and heading south.

        The GOP united early behind John Kasich, a former congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee who made a brief stab at the 2000 presidential nomination. Kasich retired from the House that year, and though he has been out of office ever since, he is still running no worse than even with Strickland in the current polls. The governor thinks he has an issue in that Kasich spent much of his post-congressional days as an employee of Lehman Bros. Strickland insists that Kasich's Wall Street connections will doom the Republican; Kasich says the economy has soured under Strickland's watch, and he should be held responsible. -Ken Rudin

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