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ohioPopulation: 11,613,423 (2015)

Filing deadline: December 16, 2015.

Primary: March 15, 2016.

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Ohio (R+1) is a swing state that is more conservative on the local level the the national level. It is 83% White and 11% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 18. Ohio is the ultimate swing state, picking the correct winner of every Pre­si­dential election since 1964.

Sena­tors: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican.

Sherrod Brown. (Pic: Congress)

Sherrod Brown. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Sherrod Brown (D)
Committees: Banking (Ranking), Agriculture, Finance, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Sherrod Brown
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
State Representative and SoS Sherrod Brown (b.1952) served in the House from 1993 until he was elected to the Senate in 2006, when he beat an incumbent Republican. He was re-elected in 2012 with 51% against Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is running again.

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Rob Portman. (Pic: Congress)

Rob Portman. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Rob Portman (R)
Committees: Energy & Natural Resources, Budget, Finance, Homeland Security.

Democratic nomineeTed Strickland
Republican nominee: Rob Portman

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Rob Portman (b.1955) served in the House from winning a special election in 1993 til he was appointed Trade Representative for George W. Bush in 2005. He then served as Federal Budget Director from 2006 till 2007. Portman took 57% in his first Senate election in 2010. The Democrats nominated centrist former governor and Congressman Ted Strickland.

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Representatives: 16 Representatives; 4 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

Steve Chabot. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Chabot. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Steve Chabot (R)
Committees: Small Business (Chair), Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeMichelle Young
Republican nominee: Steve Chabot

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+6) lies in the southwestern corner of Ohio and includes parts of Cincinnati. It is 73% White and 21% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Steve Chabot (b.1953) was first elected in 1994, before losing to a Democrat in 2008. He won back the seat in 2010 and took 63% in 2014. The Dems nominated lawyer Michelle Young.

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Brad Wenstrup. (Pic: Congress)

Brad Wenstrup. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Brad Wenstrup (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Veterans, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: William Smith
Republican nominee: Brad Wen­strup

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+8) contains south central areas, including eastern suburbs of Cincinnati. It is 88% White and 8% Black. Physician and veteran Brad Wenstrup (b.1958) won the seat from an incumbent GOP Congresswoman in the 2012 primary. He took 66% in 2014. The Dems nominated truck driver William Smith.

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Joyce Beatty. (Pic: Congress)

Joyce Beatty. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Joyce Beatty (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Joyce Beatty
Republican nomineeJohn Adams

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+17) contains most of Columbus and suburbs. It is 60% White and 29% Black. State Representative Joyce Beatty (b.1950) was first elected in a special election in 1999 and took 64% in 2014. The GOP nominated veteran John Adams.

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Jim Jordan. (Pic: Congress)

Jim Jordan. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Jim Jordan (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeJanet Garrett
Republican nominee: Jim Jordan

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers the northern and northwestern areas of the state, including Lima. It is 90% White. Lawyer and State Senator Jim Jordan (b.1964) was first elected in 2006 and took 68% in 2014 against teacher Janet Garrett, who is running again for the Democrats.

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Bob Latta. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Latta. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Bob Latta (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: James Neu Republican nominee: Bob Latta

Rating, May 17, 2016: Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016: The district (R+7) covers the northwestern corner of the state and is 92% White. Lawyer and State Representative Bob Latta (b.1956) won a special election in 2007. He took 67% in 2014. The Dems are running autoworker James Neu.

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Bill Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Johnson. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Bill Johnson (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Science.

Democratic nomineeMike Lorentz
Republican nominee: Bill Johnson

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+8) covers the easternmost areas, from the Kentucky border in the south almost up to Youngstown in the north. It is 96% White. Businessman and veteran Bill Johnson (b.1954) took it from an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and took 58% in 2014. The Dems are running Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz.

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Bob Gibbs. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Gibbs. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Bob Gibbs (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeRoy Rich
Republican nominee: Bob Gibbs

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers northern, central parts, south of Cleveland. It is 93% White. Farmer and State Senator Bob Gibbs (b.1954) took it from an incumbent Democrat in 2010. He had no opponents in 2014. The Dems are fielding retired police officer Roy Rich.

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Warren Davidson. (Pic: Congress)

Warren Davidson. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Warren Davidson (R)
Committees: Science, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeCorey Foister
Republican nomineeWarren Davidson

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+15) lies in western Ohio and covers areas north and northeast of Cincinnati. It is 90% White. Speaker of the House John Boehner (b.1949) took 67% in 2014, but resigned in October 2015. The special election is June 7. The GOP nominated veteran and businessman Warren Davidson. The Democrats nominated Corey Foister, who runs a political website.

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Marcy Kaptur. (Pic: Congress)

Marcy Kaptur. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Marcy Kaptur (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Marcy Kaptur
Republican nomineeDonald Larson

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+15) includes Toledo and runs along the coast of Lake Erie to the western suburbs of Cleveland. It is 75% White and 14% Black. Political advisor Marcy Kaptur (b.1946) was first elected in 1982 and is the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives. In 2012, she was drawn into the same district as another Democratic Congressman, whom she beat in the primary. She took 68% in 2014. The GOP is running Donald Larson.

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Mike Turner. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Turner. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Mike Turner (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Oversight, Intelligence.

Democratic nomineeRobert Klepinger
Republican nominee: Mike Turner

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+3) includes Dayton and surrounding suburbs, especially to the southeast. It is 79% White and 16% Black. Lawyer and Mayor of Dayton, Mike Turner (b.1960) was first elected in 2002 and took 65% in 2014 against teacher Robert Klepinger, who is running again.

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Marcia Fudge. (Pic: Congress)

Marcia Fudge. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Marcia Fudge (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Education.

Democratic nominee: Marcia Fudge
Republican nomineeBeverly Goldstein

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+30) covers most of Cleveland before turning south and including parts of Akron. It is 42% White and 51% Black. Lawyer and Mayor Marcia Fudge (b.1952) won a special election in 2008 and took 79% in 2014. The GOP is running activist Beverly Goldstein.

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Pat Tiberi. (Pic: Congress)

Pat Tiberi. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Pat Tiberi (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeEd Albertson
Republican nominee: Pat Tiberi

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+8) lies in central Ohio and contains northern and eastern suburbs of Columbus. It is 90% White. Real east broker and State Representative Pat Tiberi (b.1962) was first elected in 2000 and took 68% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Edward Albertson.

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Timothy Ryan. (Pic: Congress)

Timothy Ryan. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: Timothy Ryan (D)
Committees: Budget, Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Timothy Ryan
Republican nominee: Richard Morckel

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+11) lies in northeastern Ohio and includes parts of Akron and all of Youngstown. It is 85% White and 10% Black. Lawyer and State Representative Timothy Ryan (b.1973) was first elected in 2002 and took 68% in 2014. The GOP is running imaging technician Richard Morckel.

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David Joyce. (Pic: Congress)

David Joyce. (Pic: Congress)

District 14
Representative: David Joyce (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeMichael Wager
Republican nominee: David Joyce

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+4) coves the northeastern corner of the state, including Cleveland suburbs. It is 92% White. The Party appointed lawyer and County Attorney David Joyce (b.1957) in 2012, when the incumbent Republican decided to step down after the primaries were over. Joyce took 63% in November 2014 against lawyer Michael Wager, who is trying again.

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Steve Stivers. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Stivers. (Pic: Congress)

District 15
Representative: Steve Stivers (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Rules.

Democratic nomineeScott Wharton
Republican nominee: Steve Sti­vers

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers south central parts, including southern parts of Columbus. It is 91% White. Businessman, veteran and State Senator Steve Stivers (b.1965) beat an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and took 66% in 2014. The Dems are running pilot Scott Wharton.

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Jim Renacci. (Pic: Congress)

Jim Renacci. (Pic: Congress)

District 16
Representative: Jim Renacci (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeKeith Mundy
Republican nominee: Jim Renacci

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers northeastern parts of Ohio, including Akron suburbs. It is 94% White. Accountant and businessman Jim Renacci (b.1958) beat an incumbent Democrat in 2010. After the 2011 redraw placed him in the same district as another Democratic incumbent, he beat her too. He took 64% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Keith Mundy.

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STATE LEVEL

John Kasich.. (Pic: State of OH)

John Kasich.. (Pic: State of OH)

Governor: John Kasich (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
State Senator John Kasich (b.1952) served in the House from 1983 till 2001 and made a reputation for himself as a fiscal hawk. He made a political comeback in Ohio by beating the incumbent Democrat in 2010 and was re-elected with 64% in 2014. He ran for president in 2016. He is term limited in 2018.

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Mary Taylor. (Pic: State of OH)

Mary Taylor. (Pic: State of OH)

Lieutenant Governor: Mary Taylor (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The LG is nominated and elected on the same ticket as the Governor. Accountant and State Auditor Mary Taylor (b.1966) has been Kasich’s choice from the start.

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Jon Husted. (Pic: State of OH)

Jon Husted. (Pic: State of OH)

Secretary of State: Jon Husted (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
State Representative and State Senator Jon Husted (b.1967) was first elected in 2010 and took 60% in 2014.

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Josh Mandel. (Pic: State of OH)

Josh Mandel. (Pic: State of OH)

Treasurer: Josh Mandel (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
State Representative and veteran Josh Mandel (b.1977) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014. He was the GOP Senate nominee in 2012.

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Dave Yost. (Pic: State of OH)

Dave Yost. (Pic: State of OH)

Auditor: Dave Yost (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Journalist, lawyer, County Attorney and County Auditor Dave Yost was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014.

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Mike DeWine. (Pic: State of OH)

Mike DeWine. (Pic: State of OH)

Attorney General­: Mike DeWine (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer, Congressman, LG and US Senator Mike DeWine (b.1947) lost to Sherrod Brown in 2006, but made a political comeback in 2010 and took 62% in 2014.

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State Senate: 33 (10D / 23R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 99 (34D / 65R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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