2004 United States Senate election in Ohio

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United States Senate election in Ohio, 2004

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Nominee George Voinovich Eric Fingerhut
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 3,464,651 1,961,249
Percentage 63.9% 36.1%

Ohio US Senate Election Results by County, 2004.svg
County Results
Voinovich:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

George Voinovich
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

George Voinovich
Republican

The 2004 United States Senate election in Ohio took place on November 2, 2004. It was concurrent with elections to the United States House of Representatives and the presidential election. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator George Voinovich won re-election to a second term with the highest raw vote total in Ohio history.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Voinovich (Incumbent) 640,082 76.61%
Republican John Mitchel 195,476 23.39%
Total votes 835,558 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eric Fingerhut 672,989 70.79%
Democratic Norbert Dennerll 277,721 29.21%
Total votes 950,710 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

A popular U.S. Senator, Voinovich was the heavy favorite to win the election. He had over $9 million in the bank, while his opponent barely had $1.5 million.[3] Fingerhut's campaign was overshadowed by the possible campaign of Democrat and former Mayor of Cincinnati Jerry Springer, who eventually declined to run.

Voinovich is considered[by whom?] a moderate on some issues. He supports gun control and amnesty for illegal immigrants.[4]

Surprisingly,[citation needed] Voinovich's biggest advantage was getting support from the most Democratic-leaning county in the state, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Kerry carried it with almost 67% of the vote, by far his best performance in the state in 2004. It is the home of Cleveland and it is also most populous county in the state. Voinovich was a former mayor of Cleveland. In addition, he catered to Cleveland's large Jewish population by visiting Israel six times as a first-term U.S. Senator. He also consistently voted for aid to Israel through foreign appropriations bills. He's supported resolutions reaffirming Israel's right to self-defense and condemned Palestinian terrorist attacks.[5] In addition, Fingerhut's home base was in the Cleveland area, and therefore he had to cut in through the incumbent's home base in order to even make the election close.

In a September University of Cincinnati poll, the incumbent lead 64% to 34%.[6] In an October ABC News poll, Voinovich was winning 60% to 35%. He led across almost all demographic groups Only among Democrats, non-whites, liberals, and those who pick health care as #1 issue favor Fingerhut. The election coincided with the presidential election, where Ohio was a swing state. 27% of Voinovich's supporters preferred U.S. Senator John Kerry for president.[7]

Results[edit]

2004 United States Senate election, Ohio[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Voinovich (Incumbent) 3,464,651 63.85%
Democratic Eric Fingerhut 1,961,249 36.14%
Independent Helen Meyers 296 0.01%
Turnout 5,426,196 100.00%


By congressional district[edit]

Voinovich won 17 of 18 congressional districts, including 6 that have democratic congressman and 5 that voted for John Kerry in the presidential race.[9]

District Voinovich Fingerhut Representative
1st 60% 40% Steve Chabot
2nd 72% 28% Rob Portman
Jean Schmidt
3rd 66% 34% Mike Turner
4th 73% 27% Mike Oxley
5th 72% 28% Paul Gillmor
6th 62% 38% Ted Strickland
7th 69% 31% David Hobson
8th 73% 27% John Boehner
9th 58% 42% Marcy Kaptur
10th 61% 39% Dennis Kucinich
11th 39% 61% Stephanie Tubbs Jones
12th 65% 35% Pat Tiberi
13th 59% 41% Sherrod Brown
14th 66% 34% Steven LaTourette
15th 63% 37% Deborah Pryce
16th 67% 33% Ralph Regula
17th 51% 49% Tim Ryan
18th 68% 32% Bob Ney

References[edit]