Ohio Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S News & World Report library staff.

By SHARE

Compiled by the U.S News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988: Michael Dukakis
  • 1992: Bill Clinton
  • 1996: Bill Clinton
  • 2000: Al Gore
  • 2004: John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988: George H. W. Bush
  • 1992: George H. W. Bush
  • 1996: Bob Dole
  • 2000: George W. Bush
  • 2004: George W. Bush

Sources:
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Ohio Secretary of State's Office

February 2008 Voter Registration Data

6,183,385 registered voters as of Feb. 1, 2008

Source:
Ohio Secretary of State's Office

General Election Winners — 1988-2004

  • 1988: George H. W. Bush
  • 1992: Bill Clinton
  • 1996: Bill Clinton
  • 2000: George W. Bush
  • 2004: George W. Bush

Sources:
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
Ohio Secretary of State's Office

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 General Election

Sex

  • Male: 47%
  • Female: 53%

Race

  • White: 86%
  • African-American: 10%
  • Latino: 3%
  • Asian: 1%

Age

  • 18-29: 21%
  • 30-44: 30%
  • 45-59: 29%
  • 60 and older: 20%

White Evangelical/Born Again

  • Yes: 25%
  • No: 75%

Source: CNN

3 Things You Didn't Know About Ohio Primaries

1. In 1984, Gary Hart won the Ohio Democratic primary in a surprise victory over Walter Mondale, the eventual nominee. Polls suggested that many Hart voters originally supported Ohio native John Glenn, who had already dropped out of the race by then.

2. In 2004, George W. Bush took Ohio's 20 electoral votes in a close, controversial victory over John Kerry. Both parties had campaigned hard in Ohio— the presidential and vice presidential candidates held 82 events in the state in the months between the primary and the general election.

3. Nineteen-year-old Brett McClafferty is a candidate in the Portage County commissioner's race this year. He also ran last year in the primary for mayor of Streetsboro but did not make it to the runoff.

Sources:
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Columbus Dispatch
New York Times