Ohio election results 2010: Portman wins; Kasich beats Strickland for governor's seat

Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 7:56 PM

The Ohio Governor's race has been called:

In Ohio, former representative John R. Kasich, a Republican, beat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, one of the few gubernatorial candidates to embrace President Obama.

The state's Senate race had a winner declared as well:

Republicans held their Senate seat in Ohio, where former congressman and George W. Bush administration budget director Rob Portman cruised past the Democrat, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher.

PostPolitics preview of the races had reported:

Both national parties spent millions of dollars on the governor's race between incumbent Ted Strickland (D) and former Rep. John R. Kasich (R) -- a sign of the practical and symbolic importance of the Buckeye State contest.

With Ohio set to lose two congressional seats in redistricting next year and primed to be at the center of the 2012 presidential fight, controlling the governorship is of critical importance.

Polling suggests Kasich has a slight lead, and Democrats are pessimistic -- even though they think Strickland has done everything he can to win.

Full election preview for Ohio and all 50 states here.

More from PostPolitics:

An interactive map of congressional races for the 2010 midterm elections.

Philip Rucker reported from seven states in seven days in the final week of the campaign.

A sortable chart of campaign spending by groups and campaigns.

CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr.

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