Ohio Governor Primary Election Results

Republican Primary

Winner

Gov. Mike DeWine wins the Republican primary.

Race called by The Associated Press.

Updated May 5, 2022
>95% reported
Candidate Votes Pct.
Mike DeWine*
514,374 +48.1% 48.1%
Jim Renacci
299,515 +28.0% 28.0
Joe Blystone
232,716 +21.8% 21.8
Ron Hood
22,212 +2.1% 2.1
Total reported
1,068,817

* Incumbent

Results by county

County DeWine Renacci Blystone Total votes Est. rpt. Est. remain. votes
Franklin 60% 22% 17% 71,343 >95%
Cuyahoga 53 40 6 64,705 >95%
Hamilton 61 31 6 54,758 >95%
Montgomery 56 26 16 45,945 >95%
Summit 49 38 11 41,747 >95%
Stark 44 33 20 39,211 >95%
Butler 46 39 10 32,904 >95%
Lake 52 32 14 28,094 >95%
Warren 48 34 15 27,873 >95%
Delaware 53 29 17 27,126 >95%
Lorain 52 33 13 25,345 >95%
Medina 41 44 13 23,648 >95%
Clermont 47 37 14 22,501 >95%
Greene 56 25 17 21,862 >95%
Lucas 58 29 11 21,619 >95%
Licking 45 25 28 20,627 >95%
Mahoning 56 19 22 20,510 >95%
Fairfield 44 19 34 17,550 >95%
Trumbull 53 22 22 17,478 >95%
Geauga 53 31 15 16,412 >95%
Richland 33 24 41 15,318 >95%
Portage 43 38 16 14,796 >95%
Clark 52 22 24 14,576 >95%
Wayne 36 35 27 13,795 >95%
Miami 44 30 25 13,768 >95%
Wood 54 23 22 11,724 >95%
Allen 45 22 30 11,641 >95%
Columbiana 42 16 41 11,353 >95%
Hancock 48 22 28 9,681 >95%
Darke 36 29 33 9,447 >95%
Ashtabula 47 28 22 8,918 >95%
Muskingum 49 20 29 8,653 >95%
Union 42 22 35 8,163 >95%
Mercer 34 32 31 8,083 >95%
Knox 36 28 34 8,038 >95%
Tuscarawas 38 25 36 7,911 >95%
Sandusky 42 22 34 7,884 >95%
Seneca 42 18 39 7,830 >95%
Ashland 36 25 38 7,667 >95%
Erie 48 30 20 7,378 >95%
Pickaway 37 18 42 6,962 >95%
Washington 41 24 31 6,866 >95%
Belmont 46 14 37 6,807 >95%
Marion 43 22 33 6,786 >95%
Lawrence 53 23 20 6,782 >95%
Logan 36 26 36 6,747 >95%
Fulton 51 21 25 6,728 >95%
Shelby 33 37 28 6,662 >95%
Ross 42 17 40 6,653 >95%
Auglaize 39 25 34 6,618 >95%
Morrow 33 21 45 6,362 >95%
Jefferson 45 21 32 6,018 >95%
Preble 39 31 26 5,878 >95%
Huron 38 23 37 5,869 >95%
Champaign 38 22 38 5,850 >95%
Coshocton 51 17 29 5,801 >95%
Scioto 51 21 25 5,799 >95%
Crawford 37 24 36 5,709 >95%
Ottawa 52 28 18 5,454 >95%
Clinton 43 26 28 5,339 >95%
Putnam 41 22 34 5,182 >95%
Madison 43 21 33 5,128 >95%
Defiance 44 20 33 5,086 >95%
Williams 44 19 34 5,036 >95%
Van Wert 38 20 39 4,617 >95%
Perry 36 17 43 4,551 >95%
Highland 36 24 39 4,399 >95%
Gallia 38 12 48 4,397 >95%
Brown 36 24 38 4,331 >95%
Hardin 43 15 39 3,879 >95%
Guernsey 39 19 40 3,833 >95%
Carroll 36 20 41 3,747 >95%
Henry 48 18 32 3,551 >95%
Holmes 32 23 43 3,466 >95%
Fayette 46 21 31 3,283 >95%
Athens 50 16 31 3,156 >95%
Adams 36 28 33 3,148 >95%
Hocking 36 15 45 3,117 >95%
Wyandot 35 21 43 2,977 >95%
Meigs 32 15 50 2,858 >95%
Paulding 34 21 40 2,738 >95%
Jackson 40 15 44 2,634 >95%
Morgan 46 14 36 2,256 >95%
Harrison 43 17 37 1,937 >95%
Pike 37 19 43 1,819 >95%
Noble 36 17 45 1,526 >95%
Monroe 32 14 51 1,338 >95%
Vinton 29 15 51 1,255 >95%

Analysis From Our Reporters

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    Representative Shontel Brown defeated Nina Turner, her left-wing primary challenger, in a rematch that drew national attention. Several more primaries in the coming weeks will shed further light on the direction of the Democratic Party in the Biden era.

  • Jennifer Medina
    Jennifer Medina May 3, 2022

    Tonight was the first test of Trump’s power in the Republican Party. But there are many more tests in the coming weeks and months, including primaries in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona.

  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman May 3, 2022

    Trump called Vance to congratulate him a short time ago.

  • Leah Askarinam
    Leah Askarinam May 3, 2022

    Jane Timken also announced she called Vance to congratulate him.

  • Blake Hounshell
    Blake Hounshell May 3, 2022

    Democrats are not confident they can defeat J.D. Vance in November. But we’re already seeing the outlines of their attack: It will be Tim Ryan, the home-state hero, versus the guy who left the state, became a celebrity and made millions in Silicon Valley.

  • Jennifer Medina
    Jennifer Medina May 3, 2022

    This is a victory not just for Vance, but also for Trump. Both Vance and Mandel fiercely embraced the former president and Dolan, who distanced himself ever so slightly, ended up as an also-ran.

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    A statement from Matt Dolan: “I pledge to unite our party and endorse J.D. Vance to be our next U.S. senator.”

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    Representative Tim Ryan, who won the Democratic Senate primary tonight: “You tell your friends, and you tell your family, ‘Come hear Tim. He’s not talking about a food fight in Washington, D.C. He’s talking about getting stuff done.’”

  • Leah Askarinam
    Leah Askarinam May 3, 2022

    Donald Trump not-so-subtly encouraged a primary challenge after Mike DeWine acknowledged that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Trump isn’t letting go of that grudge in Arizona or Georgia, even if he didn’t act on it in Ohio.

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    Representative Shontel Brown campaigned with a spate of high-profile national surrogates in recent days, including Representatives James E. Clyburn and Hakeem Jeffries. She was also endorsed by President Biden.

  • Reid Epstein
    Reid Epstein May 3, 2022

    Former Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton has won the Democratic primary for Ohio governor. She’ll face a steep uphill climb in the general election against Gov. Mike DeWine.

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    There were a number of Dolan-inclined voters at a Whole Foods parking lot in suburban Cleveland recently. “He’s the most down-to-earth and not so extreme,” said one.

  • Nate Cohn
    Nate Cohn May 3, 2022

    Most of the results so far in Ohio are early votes, but we’re starting to get a few Election Day votes and Vance has been doing a bit better than he did in the early vote — perhaps reflecting Trump’s late endorsement.

  • Jennifer Medina
    Jennifer Medina May 3, 2022

    The former Trump aide Max Miller appears to be sailing to victory in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District Republican primary. Miller has Trump’s backing and is expected to easily win the safe Republican district.

  • Jennifer Medina
    Jennifer Medina May 3, 2022

    Josh Mandel, who grew up in Cleveland’s moderate suburbs, is lagging far behind Matt Dolan in Cuyahoga County. Mandel spent much of his time campaigning in evangelical churches in more rural parts of Ohio.

  • Reid Epstein
    Reid Epstein May 3, 2022

    Gov. Mike DeWine has won the Republican nomination for a second term in Ohio. He held off a pair of Trump-inspired candidates, former Representative Jim Renacci and Joe Blystone, an underfunded farmer.

  • Katie Glueck
    Katie Glueck May 3, 2022

    Matt Dolan, who rejected former President Donald J. Trump’s false claims about a stolen election, spent time campaigning in more moderate suburbs in the home stretch. That is evident in the Cleveland-area early returns.

  • Nate Cohn
    Nate Cohn May 3, 2022

    Dolan is often doing quite well in metropolitan Ohio, but it is hard to overstate how badly he is struggling in rural areas. He’s usually not even among the top three candidates.

  • Blake Hounshell
    Blake Hounshell May 3, 2022

    It’s early, but so far the geography of the Republican Senate primary is shaping up as expected: with Matt Dolan showing strength in urban areas, while J.D. Vance is doing well in the suburbs.

  • Shane Goldmacher
    Shane Goldmacher May 3, 2022

    The Trump influence on the Vance campaign can also be heard in the election night party playlist, where "YMCA" is now blasting into the ballroom.

Democratic Primary

Winner

Nan Whaley wins the Democratic primary.

Race called by The Associated Press.

Updated May 5, 2022
>95% reported
Candidate Votes Pct.
Nan Whaley
326,329 +65.0% 65.0%
John Cranley
175,771 +35.0% 35.0
Total reported
502,100

Results by county

County Whaley Cranley Total votes Est. rpt. Est. remain. votes
Cuyahoga 68% 32% 85,177 >95%
Franklin 76 24 68,776 >95%
Hamilton 50 50 39,754 >95%
Summit 67 33 29,356 >95%
Montgomery 82 18 28,526 >95%
Lucas 32 68 19,153 >95%
Lorain 69 31 16,175 >95%
Stark 65 35 15,201 >95%
Mahoning 51 49 14,543 >95%
Trumbull 51 49 14,520 >95%
Lake 64 36 10,922 >95%
Delaware 74 26 8,831 >95%
Butler 51 49 8,369 >95%
Portage 66 34 7,989 >95%
Medina 65 35 7,144 >95%
Greene 82 18 6,789 >95%
Licking 72 28 6,158 >95%
Warren 58 42 5,891 >95%
Clark 81 19 5,075 >95%
Wood 47 53 4,953 >95%
Fairfield 73 27 4,595 >95%
Clermont 45 55 4,543 >95%
Ashtabula 64 36 3,847 >95%
Richland 65 35 3,566 >95%
Erie 65 35 3,461 >95%
Geauga 68 32 3,396 >95%
Athens 74 26 3,151 >95%
Wayne 67 33 3,107 >95%
Allen 77 23 2,796 >95%
Columbiana 53 47 2,638 >95%
Jefferson 63 37 2,573 >95%
Tuscarawas 67 33 2,502 >95%
Miami 80 20 2,439 >95%
Belmont 64 36 2,385 >95%
Sandusky 53 47 2,194 >95%
Ottawa 49 51 2,109 >95%
Ross 71 29 2,005 >95%
Marion 72 28 1,908 >95%
Washington 70 30 1,895 >95%
Muskingum 75 25 1,879 >95%
Seneca 52 48 1,715 >95%
Hancock 57 43 1,714 >95%
Scioto 69 31 1,610 >95%
Knox 74 26 1,587 >95%
Union 73 27 1,548 >95%
Huron 64 36 1,463 >95%
Fulton 49 51 1,409 >95%
Pickaway 73 27 1,386 >95%
Lawrence 67 33 1,378 >95%
Ashland 63 37 1,186 >95%
Defiance 56 44 1,134 >95%
Perry 67 33 1,040 >95%
Darke 76 24 999 >95%
Crawford 70 30 993 >95%
Hocking 71 29 981 >95%
Champaign 80 20 971 >95%
Guernsey 67 33 947 >95%
Morrow 70 30 935 >95%
Madison 74 26 911 >95%
Clinton 55 45 868 >95%
Coshocton 72 28 867 >95%
Shelby 77 23 867 >95%
Logan 75 25 866 >95%
Mercer 76 24 860 >95%
Preble 74 26 818 >95%
Brown 32 68 816 >95%
Williams 52 48 789 >95%
Carroll 64 36 780 >95%
Auglaize 78 22 765 >95%
Henry 50 50 639 >95%
Highland 45 55 627 >95%
Van Wert 73 27 626 >95%
Gallia 72 28 609 >95%
Putnam 64 36 601 >95%
Pike 63 37 581 >95%
Monroe 66 34 571 >95%
Hardin 71 29 561 >95%
Harrison 69 31 533 >95%
Wyandot 58 42 509 >95%
Fayette 68 32 508 >95%
Paulding 65 35 477 >95%
Meigs 73 27 470 >95%
Adams 38 62 466 >95%
Jackson 60 40 418 >95%
Holmes 60 40 416 >95%
Noble 67 33 358 >95%
Morgan 72 28 348 >95%
Vinton 72 28 288 >95%