2016 United States presidential election in Ohio
|Turnout||71.33% (0.79) |
Results by county showing number of votes by size and candidates by color
|Elections in Ohio|
The 2016 United States presidential election in Ohio was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Ohio voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, real estate mogul Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
Presidential primary elections for three parties were also held in Ohio, concurrently with Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina on March 15, 2016. In the Democratic primary, 143 delegates were awarded proportionally in a modified primary which was won by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the Republican primary, John Kasich, the state's incumbent governor, won all of the state's 66 delegates.
Ohio was won by Donald Trump by a margin of 8.13 points. Prior to the election, most news organizations considered the Buckeye State as leaning Republican, due to Trump's appeal to blue collar voters in the Rust Belt. Ohio kept its streak of voting for the winner (a bellwether state) since 1964, as it voted for Trump, who won nationally. Having voted Democratic in 2012 and 2008, the win margin was the second largest of the states Trump flipped red (after Iowa). It is also the largest victory margin since George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in 1988. Trump also became the first Republican to win Ohio without carrying Hamilton County since Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876.
Ohio was an unprecedented 10.2% more Republican than the national average in 2016, the farthest it had voted from the rest of the nation since 1932. The state had also been one of eleven to vote for Bill Clinton twice in 1992 and 1996 which Hillary Clinton lost in 2016.
- 1 Primary elections
- 2 Republican National Convention
- 3 General election
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Ohio results by county
|Ohio Republican primary, March 15, 2016|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Actual delegate count|
|Ben Carson (withdrawn)||14,351||0.72%||0||0||0|
|Jeb Bush (withdrawn)||5,398||0.27%||0||0||0|
|Mike Huckabee (withdrawn)||4,941||0.25%||0||0||0|
|Chris Christie (withdrawn)||2,430||0.12%||0||0||0|
|Carly Fiorina (withdrawn)||2,112||0.11%||0||0||0|
|Rick Santorum (withdrawn)||1,320||0.07%||0||0||0|
|Source: The Green Papers|
Ohio results by county
The Democratic Party's presidential primaries in Ohio were held on March 15, 2016, concurrently with primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. The state's 143 pledged delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention were rewarded proportionally according to the statewide vote total. Three candidates appeared on the ballot for the primary – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders and businessman Rocky De La Fuente.
By the time Ohio held its primaries, voters from 21 states and two territories already cast their vote for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. As of the March 12 elections, Hillary Clinton was projected to have earned 775 pledged delegates to Bernie Sanders' 552. Clinton gained significant victories in the Southern United States, often described as her "firewall", including landslide victories in Mississippi and Alabama and Georgia. In contrast, Bernie Sanders managed to gain victories in the Midwestern United States, where Ohio resides, including an upset victory in neighboring Michigan on March 8. After the fact, Sanders' campaign took advantage of the momentum gained from the Michigan win, by targeting Illinois, Missouri and Ohio in the March 15 elections, hoping to repeat the same result. Sanders stated that "Not only is Michigan the gateway to the rest of the industrial Midwest, the results there show that we are a national campaign."
Before the Michigan primaries, Clinton and Sanders had debated over economic policies relating to the industrial midwest states and the so-called "rust belt". The disagreements centered around trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Clinton's past support of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and its effect on economies such as Michigan and Ohio.
Ohio is one of at least seventeen states that has laws allowing voters who are 17 years of age, but will be 18 by the time of the general election, to vote in the presidential primaries. However, Ohio Secretary of State Jon A. Husted had announced in December 2015 that 17 year olds would be outright barred from participating in the 2016 primaries. The rationale for the decision was based on an interpretation of the law in which 17 year olds could "nominate" officials for office, but not "elect". In the case of the presidential primaries, by definition, voters would be electing officials - delegates to each party's presidential nominating convention. The decision was met with criticism by the public, after it was brought to mainstream attention by Representative Kathleen Clyde, after she condemned the rule in a statement released on March 5. Clyde described it as a "underhanded, backroom attack" against young voters. Nine teenagers filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Courts of Common Pleas in Franklin County over the decision, stating that the decision contradicted state law and a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that allowed 17 year olds turning 18 by the general election to vote.
Bernie Sanders' campaign, whose voter base includes the majority of young voters, also filed a lawsuit against the decision, accusing Husted of "arbitrarily" and "unconsititutionally" discriminating against young African-American and Latino voters, citing data from the 2010 United States Census that shows younger voters in Ohio were mostly African-American and Latino. Husted, in response to Sanders' lawsuit, said in a public statement that he welcomed the lawsuit, further stating that "I am very happy to be sued on this issue because the law is crystal clear", though, he later spoke out negatively against the lawsuit, claiming that it was "a last-minute political act", designed to "draw attention to his campaign." Many Ohio officials, past and present, such as former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, came out in support of Sanders' lawsuit, and had attracted protests by not only Bernie Sanders supporters, but also Donald Trump supporters as well. In a decision handed down on March 11, an Ohio state judge ruled in favour of both lawsuits by the teenage group and the Sanders campaign, effectively lifting the ban on 17 year olds from voting in the Ohio presidential primaries. Husted initially announced that he would appeal the ruling, however, after learning that such an appeal wouldn't be heard by the court until the day before the primaries, he retracted his intent to appeal.
March 13, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio
March 14, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio and Springfield, Illinois
The tenth forum was held at 6:00 pm EDT on March 14, 2016, at the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site (Illinois) in Springfield, Illinois. It aired on MSNBC. The first section of the town hall with Bernie Sanders was moderated by Chuck Todd; the second section of the town hall with Hillary Clinton was moderated by Chris Matthews.
|Ohio Democratic primary, March 15, 2016|
|Candidate||Popular vote||Estimated delegates|
|Rocky De La Fuente||9,402||0.76%|
|Source: The Green Papers|
Green state convention
The Green Party of Ohio participated in the March 15 primaries in Ohio, though they did not hold their presidential primary during the event. Instead, delegates to the Green National Convention were awarded based on presidential preference through a nominating convention in Columbus on April 3. Members of the Green Party of Ohio were able to vote in the convention.
|Ohio Green Party presidential convention, April 3, 2016|
Republican National Convention
The following are final 2016 predictions from various organizations for Ohio as of Election Day.
- Los Angeles Times: Leans Clinton
- CNN: Leans Trump
- Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans Trump
- NBC: Tossup
- Electoral-vote.com: Leans Trump
- RealClearPolitics: Tossup
- Fox News: Leans Trump
- ABC: Leans Trump
Official state results from the Ohio Secretary of State are as follows
|United States presidential election in Ohio, 2016|
|Party||Candidate||Running Mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Republican||Donald Trump||Mike Pence||2,841,005||51.69%||18|
|Democratic||Hillary Clinton||Tim Kaine||2,394,164||43.56%||0|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson||William Weld||174,498||3.17%||0|
|Green||Jill Stein||Ajamu Baraka||46,271||0.84%||0|
|Independent||Richard Duncan||Ricky Johnson||24,235||0.44%||0|
Trump won 80 of Ohio's 88 counties, the most since Ronald Reagan won 82 in 1984. He won nine counties that had voted for the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, in 2012:
- Ashtabula (largest city: Ashtabula)
- Erie (largest city: Sandusky)
- Montgomery (largest city: Dayton)
- Ottawa (largest city: Port Clinton)
- Portage (largest city: Kent)
- Sandusky (largest city: Fremont)
- Stark (largest city: Canton)
- Trumbull (largest city: Warren)
- Wood (largest city: Bowling Green)
By congressional district
Trump won 12 of 16 congressional districts.
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- Republican Party presidential debates, 2016
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