The 1986 Ohio gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent DemocraticGovernorDick Celeste ran against four time former Governor Jim Rhodes. The two had faced off before in 1978, with Rhodes winning by 47,536 votes for his fourth victory. Eight years later, at the age of 77, Rhodes was attempting to win a record fifth term. However, Celeste won by an even bigger margin than he did four years earlier, becoming the first Democrat to win consecutive elections for Governor since Frank Lausche, who won three consecutive times in 1950, 1952, and 1954.