Election results: How did county vote on big races and issues?

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
Barack Obama speaks at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Nov. 2. Two days later, he was elected president of the United States.

In the Nov. 4 presidential election, Madison County did not vote as did the country as a whole. Madison County voters heavily favored Republican John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama in the race for president of the United States. While the country’s popular vote was close, Obama ran away with the electoral votes to take the win.

On the state scene, Madison County also went against the grain when it came to the race for Ohio attorney general. The county’s voters narrowly favored Republican Mike Crites over Democrat Richard Cordray. Statewide, Cordray garnered the most votes to take the win.

When it came to statewide ballot issues, Madison County’s results reflected the sentiment of the voters across Ohio. They passed issues 1, 2, 3 and 5 and voted down issue 6.

The Madison County Board of Elections can begin the official vote count on Nov. 15 and must be done with it by Nov. 25. For details, call 740-852-9424.

President of the United States

Democrat Barack Obama is the new president of the United States.

How Madison County voted:
Chuck Baldwin    27 (.17%)
Bob Barr    85  (.51%)
Richard Duncan    14  (.08%)
John McCain (R)    10,178  (60.84%)
Cynthia McKinney    28  (.17%)
Brian Moore    10  (.06%)
Ralph Nader    138  (.82%)
Barack Obama (D)    6,193  (37.02%)
Write-in    56  (.33%)

Ohio Attorney General

Democrat Richard Cordray is the new attorney general of Ohio.

How Madison County voted:
Richard Cordray (D)    7,549  (47.56%)
Mike Crites (R)    7,474  (47.66)
Robert M. Owens    750  (4.78%)

U.S. Representative – 15th District

As of Nov. 5, the unofficial district-wide results show Stivers ahead of Kilroy by just 321 votes.

How Madison County voted:
Don E. Eckhart    884  (5.49%)
Mary Jo Kilroy (D)    5,014  (31.12%)
Mark M. Noble    834  (5.18%)
Steve Stivers (R)    9,363  (58.11%)
Write-in    18  (0.11%)

State Senator 10th District

The unofficial district-wide results show Chris Widener as the winner.

How Madison County voted:
Roger Tackett (D)    5,537  (34.61%)
Chris Widener (R)    10,461  (65.39%)

State Representative 84th District

The unofficial district-wide results show Robert Hackett as the winner.

How Madison County voted:
Connie Crockett (D)    5,497  (35.01%)
Robert Hackett (R)    10,203  (64.99%)

State Issue 1

State Issue 1 passes. This state constitutional amendment calls for an earlier deadline to submit citizen-initiated state ballot issues.

How Madison County voted:
Yes    10,156  (68.41%)
No    4,690  (31.59%)

State Issue 2

State Issue 2 passes. This state constitutional amendment is a continuation of  existing Clean Ohio programs.

How Madison County voted:
Yes    9,984  (64.59%)
No    5,474  (35.41%)

State Issue 3

State Issue 3 passes. This state constitutional amendment defines the rights of property owners who reside near a body of water or who have ground water below their property.

How Madison County voted:
Yes    11,407  (74.27%)
No    3,952  (25.73%)

State Issue 5

State Issue 5 passes. This maintains restrictions on short-term loans as laid out in House Bill 545: 28 percent interest cap; maximum loan amount of $500; borrowers have at least 30 days to repay the loan.

How Madison County voted:
Yes    10,387  (64.62%)
No    5,688  (35.38%)

State Issue 6

State Issue 6 fails. This proposed state constitutional amendment would have permitted the construction of a privately owned casino near Wilmington, Ohio, and distribute a tax on the casino to all 88 Ohio counties.

How Madison County voted:
Yes    6,611  (39.86%)
No    9,974  (60.14%)

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