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2012 Elections: Ohio primary results

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March 7, 2012

Ohio: With every up must come a down, and this morning thirty-three judicial candidates in the Buckeye State found themselves on the losing end of a campaign. The most high-profile of all those candidates is Fanon Rucker, judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court, whose bid for the Ohio Supreme Court ended yesterday. William O'Neill will advance to the general election to challenge incumbent Justice Robert Cupp.

There were also contested primaries on five of the Ohio District Courts of Appeal, the state's intermediate appellate courts.

  • Four candidates competed in the Republican primary for the Fourth District yesterday, and Leonard F. Holzapfel emerged victorious. He will face off against Marie Hoover in the general election, since yesterday she won the Democratic primary.
  • In the Sixth District, James D. Jensen won a close race. Since no Democratic challenger has filed for the seat, Jensen is almost assured victory come November.
  • A similar situation in the Eighth District finds Democrat Eileen T. Gallagher unopposed in the general election. Gallagher won by a large margin, receiving 88% of the vote yesterday. There were two more races in the district also, both for a full-term open seat. Kenneth R. Spanagel will be the Republican nominee for that race, while Timothy McCormack won a five-way race for the Democratic nomination.

All results are courtesy of the Ohio Secretary of State.

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