1990 Ohio gubernatorial election

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Ohio gubernatorial election, 1990

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Nominee George Voinovich Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,938,103 1,539,416
Percentage 55.7% 44.3%

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County Results

Voinovich:      50-60%      60-70%

Celebrezze:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Dick Celeste

Elected Governor

George Voinovich

The 1990 Ohio gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1990. Incumbent Democratic Governor Dick Celeste was unable to run for a third consecutive term due to term limits. Former Mayor of Cleveland George Voinovich, who also ran for the United States Senate in 1988, was uncontested for the Republican nomination, while Ohio Attorney General Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. emerged from the Democratic primary. In the end, Voinovich was able to defeat Celebrezze by a fairly wide margin, enabling him to win what would be the first of two terms as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. 683,932 83.85
Democratic Michael Hugh Lord 131,564 16.13
Democratic Write-ins 191 0.02
Total votes 815,687 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Voinovich 645,224 100.00
Total votes 645,224 100.00

General election[edit]


Ohio gubernatorial election, 1990[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Voinovich 1,938,103 55.73% +16.36%
Democratic Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. 1,539,416 44.27% -16.33%
Write-ins 131 0.00%
Majority 398,687 11.46% -9.77%
Turnout 3,477,650
Republican gain from Democratic Swing