the Ohio Democratic Party
Redfern, Chairman; Doug Kelly,
Democratic Victories in Ohio
and How We Did It
For the past two
(ODP) focused on building an election-winning infrastructure to help
Democrats at all levels in 2008. Our approach was simple: build it
it big, and build it from the ground up.
And when ODP
Obama’s Campaign for Change (CFC), our joint efforts became
a brief recap of Tuesday’s historic top-to-bottom Democratic victories
and how we pulled
off these stunning wins.
and the Presidency
Barack Obama won Ohio,
51%-47% (with 98 percent reporting). He not only broke a 12 year losing
for Democratic Presidential nominees, but he is the first Democratic
break 50% since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
called for Obama at 9:25 pm, it eliminated any chance of McCain winning
White House. In short, we knocked McCain out in Ohio.
New Democrats Elected to Congress
least two new Democrats in Ohio
were elected to Congress. Democrat Steve Driehaus won in Ohio’s
1st Congressional District, beating GOP incumbent Steve
while Democrat John Boccieri beat the GOP’s Kirk Schuring in Ohio’s
district. A third
potential pick up, Mary Jo Kilroy’s race, is still too close to call.
two new Democratic seats are in historically leaning-Republican
testament to strong candidate recruitment, a winning message, and a
infrastructure created by Ohio Democrats.
a single Democratic incumbent lost their seat. In fact, all incumbent
won by significant margins.
House of Representatives
picked up a net of six seats (at least) in the Ohio House of
giving Democrats control of the House for the first time since 1994.
winners include: John Carney (22nd district), Ray Pryor (85th),
Mike Moran (42nd), Mark Schneider (63rd), Connie
(28th), Debbie Phillips (92nd), Nancy Garland (20th),
and Matt Patten (18th). Marian Harris (19th),
Democratic pickup, is leading by a handful of votes with 100 percent of
2004, Democrats have gained a total of 17 net seats in the Ohio House
(4 seats gained
in 2004; 7 in 2006; and at least 6 in 2008).
Democrats won back the Ohio House under the district lines that
drawn – the first time EVER that any Party in Ohio has regained the
the lines drawn by the opposing Party.
winning back the Ohio House, Governor Strickland now has a productive
legislative partner to help continue to turn around Ohio and
improve the lives of working families.
Attorney General’s Office
Richard Cordray retained the Ohio Attorney General’s post for
beating the GOP’s Michael Crites by a wide margin.
It: Some Mind-Bending Metrics
at all levels because
the Ohio Democratic Party, Senator Obama’s Campaign for Change, and our
coordinated campaign partners worked together in an unprecedented
is what we accomplished as of November 3rd:
registered 105,862 new Ohio
voters during this cycle.
have a registration advantage of 986,495 in Ohio – the highest in a
placed organizers in all parts of Ohio.
The result: Obama outperformed John Kerry’s vote share in 76 of Ohio’s
CFC and ODP recruited and engaged more than 60,000 volunteers all
volunteer assigned to one of 1,200 neighborhoods.
attempted 11,168,942 voter contacts, and completed 3,552,486
Ohioans at the door or on the phone.
than 8.7 million flyers or packets of information were delivered to
hired more than 700 people in 24 regions across the state.
our six day GOTV effort, we filled more than 127,374 volunteer shifts
our goal) and used nearly 700 separate staging locations to coordinate
door-to-door voter contact efforts.
that time, Ohio Democrats attempted 3,152,000 voter contacts, speaking
448,471 voters across Ohio,
and dropping more than 4.9 million door-hangers.