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.

 
  • irish_monk

    “But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word ‘Fascism’ and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty.”

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Spitfiremk1

    The “Great Kasicini” can’t fool me, magic is ALL illusion. The man needs a “movement”, he’s full of it! Here’s a “revelation” for him: Four more years in the wilderness!

  • Susan Riley

    I think it’s sad that so many eligible voters are apapthetic to the process. And on Tuesday, it appears we Democrats were more apathetic than the Republicans.

  • dmoore2222

    I get that low turnout was THE factor in the election. I said all along that if democrats turned out in numbers then Frackin John would lose. PERIOD. But what did the Democratic Party do to prevent that in the first place? NOTHING. Complete failure to mobilize the anti-SB5/Issue2 forces that so greatly wounded Kasich, and were expected by everyone to be in the fight again. Imagine how the optics of another mass anti-Kasich rally shortly before the election could have inspired people to come to the polls by reminding them of what this creep wants to do to average workers. Complete failure to make Kasich’s pitiful job numbers an issue in this election after he made job creation the pillar of his governorship. Ohio is 43rd in job creation. You can only be 7 points worse for god’s sake!

    All the clever post election blather means nothing. This was a total and unforgivable failure of statewide leadership in the Democratic Party. Ed Fitzgerald, Sharen Neuhardt, Chris Redfern and all of the campaign operatives owe us an apology for their stunning lack of awareness and due diligence.

  • SlapFat

    This midterm election was pretty predictable. Kasich will never get anywhere near the Whitehouse, though, especially after the Plain Dealer incident. Still waiting on some kind soul to post video of that entire, uncut video, by the way….

  • grizzlyinohio

    He got elected by about 25 percent of the registered voters, even less of the eligible voters. That’s oligarchy, not democracy.

  • Spitfiremk1

    You always seem to get to the heart of it all, winning with no competition is hardly a ticket to the inaugural ball. Of course I could be wrong,

  • dmoore2222

    The point is Kasich won twice with low voter turnout being what got him the victory as opposed to his message or performance. So turnout was EVERYTHING as evidenced by the 2010 election. Now if I can figure that out, then why in the hell couldn’t our Democratic leadership? These are people who should know the political landscape and be able to engage the electorate with whatever events, resources, etc. are necessary to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen a second time. This wasn’t about Kasich’s poor performance as much as it was about getting out the vote, and the anti-SB5 forces were a gift waiting to be unwrapped that could have been a great tool for doing that.

    Now I don’t believe Kasich will win the republican nomination, but I wouldn’t rule it out given that he now is a two term governor from an important swing state who has managed to reinvent himself. If I’m a national democratic leader I would take notice and nothing for granted.

  • dmoore2222

    So what. He has a second term and a republican senate and general assembly. He’s the big winner.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Kind of late now….

  • Retrofuturistic

    A lot of dark money was floating around. Maybe some of it hit the campaign operatives on the other side….

  • Retrofuturistic

    The Christian Right consists of 25 percent of the populace, so that makes sense….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Dark money + Tax-Exempt Christianity = It Works Every Time

  • Retrofuturistic

    It wasn’t an “election”; it was a fascist takeover.

  • dman

    How does Ohio have 250k less registered voters than 4 years ago? I don’t think the population decreased by that much.

  • Spitfiremk1

    I got YOUR point, but I think mine went past you. All I was saying is:
    1) I admire the way you put your point.
    2) Just because he won this election (by getting the majority of 1/3 of the registered voters) it doesn’t indicate his likelihood of winning OUTSIDE of Ohio (that is: the presidency.)

  • Misnomer Thom

    A very disappointing outcome but no surprise to me. The only satisfying thing to come out of this is that Redfern is out of the way. He and Capri Cafaro helped scuddle a bipartisan redistricting Bill offered by Budish and Husted in 2010. That really paid off for the ODP didn’t it? All it would’ve taken was a little compromise and they refused to do it. Now we are stuck with gerrymandered districts and not much of a bench with the ODP in disarray. The LG debacle started the ODP’s issues this year and it was all downhill from there.

    As far as turnout goes, I’ll ask the same thing I did months ago. Where were the dems? Outside of my state house candidate, everyone else was invisible. There was no GOTV movement. I got one flyer in the mail from the ODP. Nobody ever called me except that house candidate months ago. The same candidate had a canvasser at my door months ago. I never heard anything direct from anyone after that. Not even at community events where the local GOP often had a booth presence while my state house candidate was left on his own. I got a couple mailers for Wager, one for Pepper and one from the ODP. I got several from my state house candidate (Fossaceca). I also got one from Mandel of all people. Bottom line, Dems were nearly invisible in trying to turn out the vote. E-mails are great but direct contact can go a long way too. Fossaceca worked his tail off with little help from Columbus. No wonder we got smoked.

  • Misnomer Thom

    Don’t expect anything from Redfern. On election night, he had the nerve to tell a reporter that he was just elected to a 4 year term as chairman 8 months ago so why would he leave? It wasn’t until he was voted out of Columbus did he realize it was time for him to go. The writing was on the wall way before Tuesday night, only Redfern was oblivious to it.

  • SlapFat

    Kind of late now….

    Hahaha. Not quite. The midterms might be over but that doesn’t mean the full interview isn’t still useful. Let me know if you happen to see a copy of it anywhere.

  • dmoore2222

    Oh. Sorry. I get your point and agree although you can never rule this chump out especially in the political climate we’re in.

  • Red Rover

    It can’t be a takeover when the incumbents win…

  • Red Rover

    Right on. It’s inexcusable that the Democratic Party lost to a Lehman Brothers bankster in two elections – especially without even firing a shot this time. The ODP at the state level is defunct and shouldn’t even bother running candidates next time around. Open up the path to real alternatives.

  • dmoore2222

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. People are leaving this state, especially youth, because we’ve become a low wage economy. There’s very little long term opportunity here. Frackin John thinks these stinking part-time, $7.50/hour, no benefit jobs are just fine for us. And Ohioans seem to agree or he wouldn’t have gotten re-elected.

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