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1982 United States Senate election in Ohio

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1982 United States Senate election in Ohio

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Howard Metzenbaum 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Nominee Howard Metzenbaum Paul Pfeifer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,923,767 1,396,790
Percentage 56.66% 41.14%

Ohio Senate Election Results by County, 1982.svg
County Results
Metzenbaum:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Pfeifer:      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

Howard Metzenbaum

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Metzenbaum

The 1982 United States Senate election in Ohio took place on November 2, 1982. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum was re-elected to a second term in office, defeating Republican State Senator Paul Pfeifer. Along with the gubernatorial election that same year, this election is the last time Butler County voted Democratic in a statewide election.

Democratic primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Metzenbaum (incumbent) 801,785 82.70%
Democratic Norbert G. Dennerll Jr. 167,778 17.30%
Total votes 969,563 100.00%

Republican primary



Most polls showed U.S. Representative John Ashbrook winning the primary with a plurality, but he died on April 24 from a gastric hemorrhage.[2]

Ashbrook supporter and State Senator Bill Ress launched a write-in campaign with the endorsement of Jean Spencer Ashbrook, the Representative's widow.


Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Pfeifer 364,579 60.03%
Republican Walter E. Beckjord 180,198 29.67%
Republican Bill Ress (write-in) 62,446 10.28%
Republican Richard H. Englefield 106 0.02%
Total votes 607,329 100.00%

General election


1982 United States Senate election in Ohio[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Howard Metzenbaum (incumbent) 1,923,767 56.66% Increase7.15
Republican Paul Pfeifer 1,396,790 41.14% Decrease5.48
Independent Alicia Merel 38,803 1.14% N/A
Libertarian Philip Herzing 36,103 1.06% N/A
Independent Fay Treffert Ellis (write-in) 35 0.00% N/A
Total votes 3,395,498 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Ashbrook death triggers wave of shock, mourning". The Newark Advocate. 26 April 1982. p. 1. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019 – via
  3. ^
  4. ^
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