Ohio Election Results Thread

Matt was nice enough to hand over the reigns for an evening to talk about OH! IO! and the chaos taking place in the Buckeye State this evening.  If we learned anything today, it's that J. Kenneth Blackwell isn't even fit to run the election process in Ohio, let alone the state itself.  

For the junkie, there are so many intriguing match-ups this evening: A GOP primary for governor pitting Ken Blackwell vs. Attorney General Jim Petro  -- barring a major miracle, the winner will face Congressman Ted Strickland (OH-6) this November.  Will Charilie Wilson's write-in campaign for the 6th get him on the ticket?  You might recall Wilson didn't get enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot and is forced to enter the party through the backdoor.  In turn, the NRCC ran ads pretty much on behalf of one of the Democrats on the ballot to boost his name ID.  What about Jean Schmidt in OH-2?  Republicans rivals were running against Schmidt before the first ballot was cast in August's special election vs. Paul Hackett.  COAST was running ads encouraging Republicans to stay home rather than vote for Schmidt.  The hope was that they could keep her percentage low enough to justify a primary ... and there is.  Not to mention a hot Dem. primary between Thor Jacobs and Vic Wulsin.  There's also a nice little primary involving former Dean for Ohio Communications Director Stephanie Studabaker just to the North in OH-3 with the winner facing 2 term incumbent Mike Turner.

Then there is Ohio netroots darling Subodh Chandra running in a contested Democratic primary against Ohio Democratic Party endorsed candidate (and the man who took the lead during coingate) State Senator Marc Dann.  Much of the love for Paul Hackett inside the state found its way into Subodh's corner.  Of course, Bob Ney (OH-18) has a contested primary that probably won't be close, but will be interesting to see if it becomes a referendum on his corruption.  And also in the 18th, there's a hot Dem. primary between Mayor Joe Sulzer and an upstart Zack Space campaign.  Finally, a three-way dogfight to replace Sherrod Brown in OH-13 between Capri Cafaro, former Congressman Tom Sawyer, and DCCC favorite Betty Sutton.  And I am leaving a few good ones out... What a night!  

Here are some resources for you, and I'll provide updates throughout the evening.

Ohio Secretary of State Election Results
Ohio SoS Statewide Results | Ohio SoS Congressional Results
Buckeye State Blog
OH-2 Blog
Cincinnati Enquirer Election Page (OH-2)
Akron Beacon Journal (OH-13 & More)
Plain Dealer Election Coverage
Ohio News Network

Update #1: Because of problems at a Cuyahoga County polling place, all election results will be delayed until 9:30 P.M.

Update #2 - 10:10 PM: Well, it looks Chandra's chances have gone up in smoke -- he trails ~ 74 to 26 with 21% of the precincts reporting, almost a 70,000 vote margin. If nothing else, the campaigns web-video favorably comarping Subodh with Apu from the Simpsons is worth one last watch. Also, Charlie Wilson's write-in campaign is holding up ridiculously well in the early stages, outpolling his opponent by a 2 to 1 margin early. And Blackwell holds a 54-46 advantage with that same 21% reporting. Everything else is just way too early.

Update #3 - 10:30 PM: Ted Strickland declares victory with a statement released to supporters (in the extended entry). It's like he almost had it written in advance.

Update #4 - 10:30 PM: On the phone with someone from one of the three campaigns in the 13th, the numbers they have show Sutton at 29% - Cafaro at 26% and Sawyer at 22% and change. Capri's campaign is about concede seeing no way for them to win with the votes still out there.

Update #5 - Big 11:15 Update: *OH-6* -- I'll friggin be. It looks like Charlie Wilson's write-in campaign is going to work! *sigh of relief* The majority of votes have been counted and Wilson has a commanding lead. Even in the counties with a high volume of votes remaining, Wislon is well out-pacing his rivals in the ones that have already come in.

*OH-3* -- Looks like Stephanie Studabaker is going to advance from the Democratic primary to face Mike Turner. Many of you might remember Jane Mitakides took on Turner in 2004.

*OH-13* -- That sigh of relief you hear is coming from the both the DCCC and EMILY'S List. Betty Sutton is going to advance to the general. Capri is about to concede (if she hasn't already) and former Congressman Tom Sawyer's early lead in Summit County has completely evaporated.

*OH-2* -- Looks like this one is going to be a bit closer than Jean Schmidt had hoped. Her Clermont County PLUS strategy has given her a lead, but not commanding enough to promise victory. It's going to come down to Hamilton. After Clermont, Schmidt will probably have around a 1,500 vote lead with 1/2 of Hamilton reporting.

*OH-18* -- I just got a phone call from a friend saying that in the Dem. primary, Space was going to defeat Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer ... the DCCC will not be pleased with that result, at all, in the least. In fact, Ohioelects.com (a site created by a compilation of respected news sources) is calling the race for Space. Sulzer isn't even in 2nd place.

*OH-16* -- Ralph Regula is not going to lose, although he trails right now. His opponent carried Ashland County overwhelmingly, and while that's a surprise to me, Miller is actually from that neck of the woods. Regula will carry Stark County by at least a 2 to 1 margin and win handily.

Update #6 - 11:30 PM Final One: So, Jean Schmidt is going to advance in OH-2 along with Vic Wulsin on the Democratic side. No real big surprises there, although two tough fought primaries. Otherwise, Ken Blackwell and Marc Dann in the two most watched statewide primaries. Charlie Wilson's magical write-in campaign is the story of the night along with Joe Sulzer's implosion against Zach Space in OH-18. Now the question in that race is will Ney resign and allow the party to appoint his successor? Unless I'm forgetting anything, I'll probably move all the analysis and breakdown into the extended entry in a bit. What a night, indeed! It didn't dissapoint.

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National Canvass: From North Carolina

(The following entry was submitted by Mark Hufford, Western Political Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party -- and one of your DNC organizers. -- Tim.
From the diaries -- Chris)

Seeing all the planning for the National Canvass Day on the 29th makes me giddy. Heartened by a canvass event this past weekend, I wanted to pass along a few words of encouragement about what to expect on Saturday.

Canvassing makes you feel good all over!!!

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50 State Canvass: Door Hangers Arriving -- First One Dropped

The first of the Fifty State Canvass door hangers are arriving in locations across the country this week.  Here at the DNC, we got our shipment yesterday evening.  In total, seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000) pieces are ready to roll, delivering the Democratic message to the doorsteps Americans from Alaska to Floria, Maine to the Virgin Islands, and California to Michigan.  It's an exciting time for the Democratic Party, an undertaking of this magnitute is unprecedented in its size.  The coordination between the national party with grassroots activists and state parties is unparalleled in its scope.  And the fact that this is all happening a full six months before Election Day is a first for everyone.

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Fifty State Canvass: Paul Hackett's Participating -- Are You?

Unprecedented.  That's one way to describe the Fifty State Canvass taking place on April 29, 2006.  Who would have ever predicted they'd live to see the day Democrats mobilizing nationally, in "red" and "blue" states a full six months before Election Day?  Well, in a perfect storm that integrates the local grassroots, national party, and online organizing ... it's happening in two weeks.

Are you signed up yet?

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50 State Strategy: Spotlight on Utah

From the diaries--Chris

Ohio, Ohio, Ohio! Florida, Florida, Florida! Utah? Utah? Utah!

The fifty state strategy is more than the boom-and-bust operation that sets up shop several months out of every four years in the same swing states courted during presidential elections. It's about electing Democrats from the top of the ticket all the way to the bottom in those very swing states, but also places Democrats have not competed in decades like Alabama, Idaho, and Utah. Yes, Utah.

(Remember to sign-up and participate in the nationwide canvass April 29.)

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DNC: Unprecedented National Canvass on April 29

Here is one good way to start getting to work, and to remember that our past victories have made a real impact on the Democratic Party and progressive movement. I'm going out canvassing that weekend. I hope to see you there too--Chris

The fifty state strategy is more than just hiring organizers/comm directors/researchers and other staff in each and every one of the states and territories.  It's important for you to know that every internal organ of the DNC has a role, and the online piece is at the front lines of bringing the grass & net roots together to make the strategy a success.

Toward that end, on April 29th we are having a nationwide canvass.  It's almost like a practice run for the weeks before November 6.  It's the freshly minted organizers on the ground working with the online & political teams in the building, with everyone working with the grassroots to mobilize on a national scale.  It's unprecedented for the DNC, and nothing like this has ever happened so early.

Governor Dean sent out an email moments ago that I wanted to share with you.  Please join in the canvass, email your friends about the effort, and write about it on your blogs and websites.  -- Tim

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Stoller, Bowers, Tagaris Destroy Vile Republicans in Quizzo

The Pour House crawled with white men in blue blazers, power ties, and sipping rocks glasses of way too expensive whiskey.  I could have swore one group of up-and-coming-Abramoffs were preforming the kind mental calisthenics in preparation for a simple game of quizzo that makes it perfectly clear they take this game way too seriously.  In walked three rag-tag Democrats, casually dressed, ready to sip down some Yuengling, Miller Lite, and chomp on some grilled cheese while taking a pass at random trivia.  The three were bloggers, extremist liberal bloggers joined by my friend Meghan of the Hackett campaign, knowingly entering the lions den only to prove that we too are capable of picking Adam Ant out of a police lineup and had knew full-well the name of the servant who birthed the first child of Genesis' Abraham.

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DNC: Importance of Fifty State Strategy Becomes CW

From the diaries--Chris

Governor Dean knew it was a good idea.  The grassroots and non-traditional media infrastructure of the party bought in immediately.  State Party Chairs were singing its praises and discussing the impact of the program during the one year anniversary celebration of Governor Dean's chairmanship.  And despite the always-anonymous detractors, the importance of the fifty state strategy is quickly becoming conventional wisdom in the traditional media.  Three successive articles over the course of the past seven days highlight the usefulness of the undertaking.

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New Personal Fundraising Tool for Gov. Dean/DNC

(This Diary is a lot of links and gizmos, but please read it, comment on the new pages you create, and share best practices for everyone else -- and yes, it is cross-posted in a few different places; bad form everywhere, please accept my humblest of apologies, but with a post this descriptive and with so many links, writing a whole new piece is tough -- Tim)

You asked for it, and now you have the power ... not only the power to promote Democracy Bonds, but also start individual fundraising campaigns centered around Governor Dean's one year anniversary as DNC Chair (coming Sunday!), or any issue (or number of issues) of your choice.  The tool also aggregates all of your indiviudal campaigns into one large total for your effort.

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Governor Dean in North Carolina (Video/Pics)

I think it was right around the time I hopped into the cab on my way back to the hotel from Satisfaction restaurant that it hit me. I witnessed, in North Carolina, the template for rebuilding the Democratic Party and reclaiming the country -- I suspect it happened for many of you across the country as well tonight. And the best part about it, is that it happened on a night that President Bush was supposed to bask in the glow of netwok television cameras and a host of cable channels covering the State of the Union.

Local participation at the grassroots level and small-dollar contributions via the Democracy Bonds program is how we reclaim our country for Main Street Americans, and take it back from those who dwell on K Street.

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