Republicans had a good time in the second floor ballroom in the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus Election Day night, celebrating their wins of all statewide offices, a feat that matches the election results from four years ago when all but the auditor’s seat were held and lost by Democrats the who won them in 2006.
In his remarks following his win today, Gov. Kasich again reminded everyone that eyes are watching Ohio, and “magic” is happening here. It wasn’t too long ago he was describing progress in the state on his watch as a “Miracle.” What once was described as a miracle has now become magic, it seems, and one of those magical moments is the 11 percent drop in voter turnout from four years ago, when the turnout was already low at 49 percent and John Kasich didn’t even reach 50 percent. In 2010 there were over 8 million voters. This year there were around 7.7 million, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
It seems that for a governor who has made a case that the state was broken and he fixed it, that people are getting back lost jobs and that he’s shined up Ohio to be the best state to live, work and raise a family in, all that lifting up and shinning up actually inspired more people to stay home rather than show their gratitude with their vote. The numbers show an interesting story. Can you really say you’re a hotshot leader ready to do for the nation what you’ve done for Ohio if you inspire fewer people to vote?
By the numbers: John Kasich won 1,889,186 votes in 2010. He won 1,922,241 tonight, which means after four years of climbing mountains, crossing rivers and generally lifting people up no matter their circumstances, he got 33,500 more votes this time than last time. In 2010, 3,852,469 people voted out of over 8 million eligible to vote. This year only 39 percent or 3,006,897 voted [39%] out of 7,748,201 total registered voters. That means 845,572 fewer people than four years ago didn’t exercise their franchise. It also shows that 62 percent of registered Ohio voters stayed home.
The video of Kasich’s rambling election night speech, complete with the requisite reference to his God-given calling to political life, is included below. “The Lord’s hand has been on me,” said Kasich to the cheering crowd, while referring to his campaign as “a movement” – a not-so-subtle hint that Kasich seriously believes some divine entity has preordained his presidential chances.
Best of luck with that, John.