Ohio 5/8 Primary: At a Glance


Ohio has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 8. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

Ohio has an open primary.  Voters will declare which primary they want to vote in when they go to their polling place. Check here for Ohio’s Voter ID requirements.

Registration requirements: People must register 30 days prior to the election. They may register either by mail or in person.

The State At A Glance
– 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
– All 16 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Ohio went +8 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (R)
State Senate 24 (R) – 9 (D)  17 of these seats are up for re-election
State House 66 (R) – 33 (D)  All of these seats are up for re-election

Key Races

The Ohio Senate seat is one of the more interesting races in the country.  Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is an incumbent and he currently isn’t facing any serious challengers in the Democratic primary. The Cook Political Report is currently rating this race as “Lean Democratic,” but Trump’s 8% victory in 2016 makes this race extremely competitive. Every vote will count in November.

Sherrod Brown – campaign website

Currently held by Republican Steven Chabot, this race is competitive. There is currently 1 Democrat running for the seat – Aftab Pureval. Pureval was elected  County Clerk of Hamilton County in Ohio in 2016 for a 4 year term.

Aftab Pureval – campaign website


This seat is currently open and while this district leans somewhat Republican, the election should be competitive. There are currently 7 Democrats running for the seat. Danny O’Conner (Franklin County Recorder) and Zach Scott (Franklin County Sheriff) are currently considered the frontrunners and the only candidates to get endorsements at this time.

Eddie Albertson – campaign website
Danny O’Connor – campaign website
Jackie Patton – campaign website
John Peters – campaign website
John Russell – campaign website
Zach Scott – campaign website
Doug Wilson – campaign website


This seat is currently held by Steve Stivers. This district is likely Republican, but a competitive election is quite possible. There are currently 2 Democrats running for the seat.

Rob Jarvis – campaign website 
Rick Neal – campaign website

John Kasich will be finishing his last term as governor this year. This is a wide open race. Mike Dewine is currently favored to the GOP nominee. The two current Democratic leading candidates are Richard Condray, former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Dennis Kucinich, former US Representative and frequent Presidential candidate. We are not including Lt. Governor candidates because they run with specific governor candidates.

Richard Cordray – campaign website
Dennis Kucinich – campaign website
Bill O’Neill – campaign website
Joseph Schiavoni – campaign website

Mike Dewine (R) is the current Attorney General and he is term limited. Dewine is currently running for governor. Steve Dettlebach, former US Attorney, is currently the only Democrat running for Attorney General and he may be the best chance for Democrats to pick up an executive seat in Ohio.

Steve Dettlebach – campaign website

A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.


The full list of candidates running for each of these districts can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Ohio Elections 2018

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