Hamilton County Primary-election Results
March 7, 2012
We’re five for seven on the candidates this blog recommended as the best conservative and Tea Party choices.
Rick Santorum won most counties in Ohio but narrowly lost the state overall to Mitt Romney, 37-38. Under Ohio’s rules, that gives Romney 35 delegates, Santorum 21. Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Dakota, but Romney also won five states besides Ohio, while Gingrich won only his home state, Georgia. Adding yesterday’s ten states, the total delegate count is now Romney 404, Santorum 161, Gingrich 105, and Paul 61. It takes 1,144 to get a first-round majority at the convention and be assured of the nomination; most states’ primaries are still ahead of us.
Josh Mandel won the nomination for Senate with something like 60% of the vote, easily beating all four of the other contenders. “. . . Mandel is considered a rising young star in the GOP.” Mandel will face Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown in November—and despite being the incumbent, Brown can’t seem to reach 50% in polls against Mandel.
Tea Party candidate Brad Wenstrup beat Republican incumbent Jean Schmidt something like 49-43 for the 2nd House district:
Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said of the outcome: “That was a real surprise. But Brad Wenstrup ran for mayor and exceeded expectations, and he exceeded expectations again in this race. He’s an exceptional candidate.”
For the State Central Committee, 7th district, despite being on the official list of candidates, Jean Raga must have withdrawn from the race; AFP director Rebecca Heimlich is the only name that shows up in the county’s official election results. (She won.)
In the 27th Ohio House district, incumbent Peter Stautberg beat former representative Tom Brinkman 61-38.
In the 28th Ohio House district, Tea Party founder Mike Wilson blew away the competition, 89-11.
In the 29th Ohio House district, new player Louis W. Blessing III won an only relatively narrower victory, 63-37.