Ohio Election Results 2012

President Barack Obama won Ohio, and the presidency, according to NBC News and the Associated Press.

President Barack Obama has won Ohio and reclaimed the presidency of the United States.

Obama narrowly won the popular vote over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and claimed enough Electoral College votes to win a second term in the White House.

And in the heated and expensive race for one of Ohio's U.S. Senate seats, Sen. Sherrod Brown has defeated GOP challenger Josh Mandel to reclaim his U.S. Senate seat, according to projections from NBC News and the Associated Press.

"Today in Ohio, in the middle of America, the middle class won," Brown said in a prepared statement.


RESULTS UPDATED AT 1 A.M. NOV. 7, 96% Precincts Reporting

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Romney-Ryan 2,545,630

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown

Josh Mandel

U.S. Congress District 16

Betty Sutton

Jim Renacci

U.S. Congress District 9
Marcy Kaptur 204,366
Samuel J. Wurzelbacher 66,104

U.S. Congress District 14
Dale Virgil Blanchard 126,006
David P. Joyce 178,042

U.S. Congress District 11
Marcia Fudge


 U.S. Congress District 13
Tim Ryan
Marisha Agana

U.S. Congress District 4
Jim Slone
Jim Jordan

U.S. Congress District 7 Joyce Healy-Abrams 131,445
Bob Gibbs 171,973


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Ohio may be the most important state in today's presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The decision made by Ohio voters will likely chart the future of the United States for the next four years.

Stay with Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 9 p.m.

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Patch Poll: And the winner is...

So who is going to win Ohio? A Patch survey of Democratic and Republican influencers in Northeast Ohio show that while survey respondents in each party think their candidate has a better shot to win the state, Democrats appear to be more confident in Obama than Republicans are in Romney.

Influencers submitted their survey answers between Oct. 31 and Nov. 5. The survey was answered by 23 Democrats and 32 Republicans. The poll is part of Patch's Red/Blue Northeast Ohio.

Democrats believe Obama has run a better campaign -- both on the ground and across the airwaves -- than Romney. Of the 23 respondents, only one believes Romney will defeat Obama.

"President Obama has been a steady leader and deserved another term to finish what he started," one Democrat responded.

GOP influencers surveyed offer a different perspective. They say Romney ran the better campaign and that he will win Ohio. But Republicans aren't as confident: Of the 30 who answered the question, 24 believe Romney will win and six say Obama will claim victory in the Buckeye State.

Still, Republicans believe conservatives will come out and vote.

"At this stage voter turnout is critical and Republicans are very motivated to vote this year," wrote a GOP survey respondent.

Both Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: They will be glad when it's over.

"Glad to see it come to an end!" wrote a Republican.

"A welcome end to a daily example of the worst of us," said a Democrat.

Ohio: The Ultimate Swing State

Ohio has earned its reputation as a swing state that decides presidential elections, and has picked the winner since at least 1988, selecting both Republicans and Democrats.

In 2008, Ohio voted Democratic with more than 2,940,044 voters casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin earned 2,677,820 votes. According to statistics collected by the Ohio Secretary of the State's office, voter turnout tallied about 70 percent in 2008.

Before that, Ohio went to George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. George H.W. Bush was Ohio's pick in 1988.

Watts November 08, 2012 at 05:31 AM
By race and religion (and arguably by gender and maybe more obviously, by sexual preference), yes I can absolutely state this. And if any of this was taking place in something like a job interview; civil lawsuits could be filed and won for what I have seen stated on channels like Fox, talk radio, sites like this, etc.. Except that these arenas are protected by the 1st amendment (as they should be). People are free to think and say what they want, but that doesn't make them any less racist, sexist, homophobic or religiously intolerant. You can defend this all that you want and I have already given you that it is protected under the 1st amendment, but you are already culturally on the loosing end of this argument. 50 to 150 years ago, it would have been different for you, but for you to stand in defense of this very specific and very intentional type of objectification will put you on the loosing end of this discussion in 2012. And for you to not recognize this and to think that you could conceivably produce any type of counter argument to this, to defend such tactics, just proves how deeply entrenched into this type of thinking that you are. So I can't personally lower myself any longer to someone who is going to continue to try and defend things like racism and religious intolerance. It is America, you are free to believe what you want and voice those opinions, but it is also my right that I don't have to give you another moment of my life to listen to it.
phil blackmore November 08, 2012 at 11:16 AM
one good thing about having Biden back....we will have some laughable moments while one of the lamest VP's ever is around, and his side kick King Hussein spends our money (oh yea, and gives it away) like there is no tomorrow. I just cannot bel;ieve people are that stupid to re-elect this guy who has done NOT ONE GOOD THING since coming into office. All he has done is put we the people into so much debt that it is unlikely we will ever get out of it. He has screwed things up so much woch than W did (and believe me W made some big mistakes) that the next 10 presidents after King Hussein will all be able to blame him for their problems. I still say if the King was so quick to give away money he should have given it back to those of us who paid our fair share and that would have stimulated the economy far better than payng off his political favors to the unions (who need to be eliminated as their usefullness is long gone and all they do now is protect the oldtimers and lazy people) and bankers, not to mention GM amongst others he bailed out. Why should I have to pay for someone else's piss poor spending and loans they cannot pay for?
Keith Best November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The headlines should be screaming "Millions of Americans duped again". Axelrod and the Chicago gang ran one of the sleaziest campaigns ever defining Romney as something he was not. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sadly, we will get more of the same from a president who was in over his head from day one. The Obamabots swallowed their lies, hook, line and sinker.
Ed Fisher November 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Guess it's really a shame that millions of us weren't blessed with your intellect, vision, and powers of reason. Should we try to do better ? No........I think you should try to ease yourself down from the mountain where you think you're standing.
Wilburforce November 08, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Most of these comments are predictable babble from people that are unhappy with the Natural Changes of a democracy... As this country ages it will be a reflection pool....it will be a mix of Spanish, Asian, African Americans and European Whites but there is no going back. Sorry that's what happens in a free democracy.....you may want to move the the Western States and put up Barbed Wire fence and purchase more Camo ...
John McMillan November 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Your post is really idiotic and insulting. Still name-calling even after the election is over...get a grip, man!! It's all over!! But thanks for being able to predict the future for the rest of us. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over (posting stupid comments) and expecting a different result (getting someone to see it your way). Nuff said...
Phyllis Stager November 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Ed, for an alleged 'Libertarian' you are really kind of a meanie. I don't think you know what a Libertarian is.
Stow Resident November 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It was a great day Tuesday. We're still smiling!
Ed Fisher November 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Oh, Phyllis. Your innate ability to determine political affiliations based on Patch posts is truly a gift. Are Libertarians denied the right to be sarcastic ? A Libertarian can't be a "meanie" ? You make pronouncements as if you know me. You clearly don't.
James November 08, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Watts… I am not sure exactly what you are attacking? I took no sides in this issue but clearly stated that both parties do it and to think otherwise is foolish simply based on the facts. I defended nothing in my statement so I am culturally on the losing end of nothing. I certainly did not defend racism and religious intolerance so your attack is humorous to me and best. Nice try but next time make an attempt to discuss what I posted and not go on some random witch hunt. Have fun with your rhetoric rooted in fiction.
Watts November 08, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You did defend it by trying to equate it to Democrat's discussions of economic stratification. For you to try and defend the literally millions of times that racial innuendo, references to Obama Islamist, etc. have been repeated on sites like this all the way up to the political pundits on national TV, as being the same as Democrats discussions of economic tiering in America (no matter how objectifying you felt the later was), is to be ignorant of the obvious disparity between the two. Guess what, as a society not rich people (nor poor people nor middle class people) have constitutionally protected rights that they will not be discriminated against if a diner doesn't want to serve them based on their income tier. That all falls under the "we reserve the right to refuse service to anybody" rule. But you can't do this based on race or religion. If Democrats or Republicans want to group people by pastels versus earth tones, wealth (as the Republicans have always done to the poor), or whatever, that is not the same as using racially and religious charged claims targeted at a specific person running for office. And the fact that you somehow think that these are equal to racial and religious objectification simply means that you, yourself, have to be blindly entrenched in that way of thinking not to be abel to see just how different they are.
Watts November 08, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Your logic would mean that a casual post in a thread like this comparing Mitt Romney to Montgomery Burns, would be equal to depictions of Obama growing watermelons on the White House lawn. While both are protected by the first amendment (which I don't at all question), only one of those is based in racial stereotyping, which our culture has rejected and which has been important enough of a cultural issue that discrimination based on race is banned under a constitutional amendment. So when you say racism and religious intolerance coming from Republicans is no worse than anything based on wealth that came from the Democrats, that is the defense of those acts.
James November 08, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Watts... Really... what part of "both sides do it" are you failing to understand? Do you grasp what that means? It means it happens and both parties do it. It does not mean I defend it. I am speaking in plain English here and you going off on some racial rant is probably one of the more humorous discussions I have ever seen. I did not defend any innuendos, all I said is that I did not see a single add on TV that discussed his race or his religion. If you are speaking to the fringes which it is clear you are on, then that once again is the same for both parties. Your attempt at stating I am defending racism is just too funny to take serious. Do you read what you write? You need to stop your proclivity to call anyone who challenges you a racist. Politics is a rough and dirty business and I have heard insults coming from both sides, I am sorry you are unable to grasp this and have to try and label people as racists. Get over yourself and make an attempt to be civil. I am done playing with you as it is clear you have only one topic of discussion and that is race. I would like to mention that we have a minority as president… why do you not wake up and move on from the past? But if I must use an example from the radical fringes just as you are, I assume comparing George Bush to Hitler and how hurtful and injurious that was must have been ok in your book because it came from the radical left where you live. Both sides throw dirt, get over it and grow up.
Chris November 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I guess Little Bush had a great 8 years as president right? I wonder who left us with this mess...oh wait, he did a great job. He only got us involved in two wars at the same time with little to no support from our allies, gas prices went up because of the war, never caught Saddam or Bin-Laden or those damned WMD's that he was certain were over in Iraq and fell asleep at the wheel in handling 9-11. Clearly he didn't get fired!
Watts November 09, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Your claim of "both sides do it" is exactly the problem. Both sides do not make racial objectifications of their opponents. Only the Republican party does and if you consider Fox news the fringe (honestly, I do, but I know that most Republicans think that it is real news), then you would be one of the few on the right who recognize things like Fox as the fringe. Look, I could give a crap you can follow this or not or if you are racist or not or if you can't recognize racism or not. The Democrats buried the conservatives on all levels; from the white house, to state seats to propositions. One of the reasons is the changing demographics of this nation and the cultural rejection for this level of dog whistle politics based on race and religion. If you want to continue to fail, then sit there whining that "both sides do it" and remain ignorant that what each side is doing are on completely different levels of what society is willing to accept. End of story. If you want to make another post and feel like this is some discussion that you have a chance of winning in the eyes of anybody reading this, then have at it and dig your heels in that all of what the Republican party did like this is A-OK and in 2 to 4 years you will have lost the House as well.
MZ November 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Watts, are you still on the dog whistle meme? Watts, in my experience it is the liberals that pay way more attention to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Al the hyphenated American stuff is nonsensical. What is good for one race should be good for all races, no?
Shripathi Kamath November 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
"Both sides do it" OK, let's try a simple experiment. Who does it on the other side like these people: Todd Akin Joe Walsh Allen West Alaska Palin Richard Mourdouche Carl Paladino Sharron Angle Arpaio Rick Santorum Rick Perry Minnesota Palin I'll spot you Joe Biden, and even take off Paul Ryan. Who among the Democrats is as misogynistic, racist, homophobic or plain insensitive to non-Christians among current congressional or political leaders. I am not including Trump or Gingrich or Hannity or Beck or any of the sideshows. Ready, go?
Watts November 09, 2012 at 10:29 PM
@MZ If you want to come out and mock and minimize the issue of racism in this country, feel free. Like James, your starting point is already on the loosing end of this issue, based on cultural rejection and constitutional acknowledgment and protections. You are the local guy who some people may likely know or at least engage with more often on here. If you are proud of that position, then rock on with your indifferent self.
MZ November 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Watts, you can fixate on race all you want, nobody will stop you. I think it is rather unhealthy and certainly unproductive to do so, but to each his own. I'll follow Mr. King's wise advice and judge people on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin. For all the "old white male" comments from liberals who cry racism, I suggest they look in the mirror.
Murphy-Solon November 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Where is the love between MZ and Watts?
Watts November 09, 2012 at 11:23 PM
What a twisting of history to re-appropriate Dr. (not Mr.) King's words. To try and diminish one of the most significant social issues that defined one of this nation's darkest problems in its history and plagues us still today, is unforgivable in my book. This will be the last that I will lower myself to engage with such a person. Stand by your words and positions and trust me when I say that those who know you are embarrassed for you right now.
MZ November 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Lower yourself? Wow. Trust you that people you don't know are embarrassed about someone you have never met? Very interesting indeed. I don't feel that I misappropriated Dr. King's words at all. But I guess just because you state something it must be true. I am unsure of why you are directing me to stand by my words and positions, but have no worries, I always do. Best I can tell is that you are mad because I don't hear "dog whistles" in everything a republican says. Could it be possible that I don't fixate on race? Lastly, I would like to point out to the world that it is clear you have made an assumption about my race. Correct? You have assumed my race based on my conservative leanings, that I don't hear dog whistles, and that I live in the suburbs. Thanks for stereotyping me. Thanks for showing your assumptions about race. Thanks for making it clear that what is on the outside is so much more important to you than what's on the inside. I won't look for a reply, wouldn't want you lower yourself by responding to someone like me.
MZ November 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I must have touched a nerve. No worries though. Life is good.
opinionsarelikenoses November 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
An election that is filled with multiple amounts of voting fraud. Florida precincts counting 140% of registered voters voting...brilliant. same in Ohio. he's your President liberals, not mine. You can continue to enjoy this piece of excrement while your taxes go up, entitlement programs consume millions more and Iran drops a bomb in Israel and murders millions....you'l all be so proud of your president by then. Sadly the other half of us have to continue to clean up his doo doo.
Murphy-Solon November 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Who's the one behaving like excrement?
Ed Fisher November 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
get a life
phil blackmore November 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I just LOVE this PC term "homophobic" that Shripathi Kamath used. Cracks me up every time. When a conservative (or anyone for that matter) does not agree with the homosexual agenda they are suddenly phobic and intolerant. Phobic btw indicates a fear of something. The only thing I am phobic of is this idiot president is going to allow homosexual marriages to be law (just like killing babies). AllI have to say if that happens, is remember 2 places called Sodom and Gomorrah. Where are they today? GONE OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. So be careful what you wish for you might get it.Bottom line on this one issue here...if you do not believe in the Bible as the true and perfect never changing word of God who created all things then this is a non issue here because at that point we are on different morality levels which is why the media creamed Sarah Palin. She attends church on a regular basis and is immediately cast in the media as a demon. This intolerance crap just really gets me laughing to tears. You call anyone who is against what you believe intolerant yet you are intolerant of my intolerance, so you are no better than me. Do I think we should mistreat homosexuals? NO! They need to be treated with the same respect as you and me. Should they have the same marriage exemptions as heterosexual marriages? No. Marriage has already been defined as man and woman, but again if you are not a believer in what the Bible teaches there is no point discussing the matter.
Johnny B November 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Keep listening to old pill-popper Limbaugh and cluster FOX.
Johnny B November 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Get your nose out of pill-popper Limbaugh's you know what. Maybe you believe Karl Rove's gripe about Dem voter suppression too. Your foolish staement makes me think you're too young to know any better.
Keith Best November 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The uncertainty of the election was holding back employers. They were poised to start hiring with the election of Romney/ Ryan. Now that Obamabots have ended that hope, employers will be laying back because of Obamacare and higher taxes on small business owners. Many are laying off people.You Obamabots have no idea what you have done. Who is John Galt?


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