2012 Ohio Senate Race - Candidates, Debates and Primary Results

This page displays the information for the Ohio senate race. This includes candidates, dates, and political views. The tables below show the candidates for the general election with an option to compare those candidates after the primary. This is followed by the primary candidates and the number of political views we have for each representative. Selecting one of these representatives takes you to the profile for this candidate and a full list of their political positions, speeches, and controversies.

2012 Ohio Senate Race - General Election Candidates

General Election Candidates and Results
Ohio senate election - class or district 1
50.3%2635539DSherrod Brown
45.1%2364896RJosh Mandel
4.6%239849IScott Rupert
Election Information for Ohio
Primary DateMarch 06, 2012
General DateNovember 06, 2012
IncumbentSherrod Brown
Incumbent StatusSeeking Re-election
Election ProjectionSolid Democrat
Presidential Election2012 Election

2012 Ohio Senate Race - Primary Election Candidates

Democrats - Primary Election
Democrat senate Primary Election in Ohio - class or district 1
100%515457Sherrod Brown37
Republicans - Primary Election
Republican senate Primary Election in Ohio - class or district 1
63%580525Josh Mandel11
14%130370Michael Pryce8
12%114183Donna Glisman7
5%47278David Dodt10
5%47123Eric Lamont Gregory1
0%1927Russel Bliss0

Description of Election

General Election

Senator Sherrod Brown has enjoyed the lead in the polls since Treasurer Mandel won the primary election. There have been no significant controversies or events within the election and Treasurer Mandel seems to be having difficulty gaining traction. While Ohio is always a tossup state, this election is listed as leaning Democrat.

Primary Election

Despite a large field of competitors, State Treasurer Josh Mandel was able to win the primary with more than 60% of the vote. Mandel did not participate in any of the primary events with the other candidates and was criticized for seeking the Senate seat weeks after winning the State Treasurer seat and pledging to remain in that position if elected.


October 15, 2012R, DCity Club of Cleveland DebateJosh Mandel, Sherrod Brown
February 22, 2012RCity Club of Cleveland DebateRusty Bliss, Eric Lamont Gregory, Michael Price, Donna Glisman, David Dodt

Important Dates

DateImportant Item
February 06, 2012Last day to register to vote for the March 6, 2012 primary.
March 06, 2012Primary election date for the Senate, House, and President.
October 09, 2012Last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2012 general election.
November 06, 2012General election date - House, Senate, and President on the ballot.

Past Election Results

Election Results for Senate seat class 1 in Ohio in 2012
Past Election Results - US Senate Seat Class 1 - Ohio
Sherrod Brown
Mike DeWine
Ted Celeste
Mike DeWine
Joel Hyatt
Mike DeWine
Howard M. Metzenbaum
George V. Voinivich
Howard M. Metzenbaum
Paul E. Pfeifer