1982 United States Senate election in Ohio

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.

1982 United States Senate election in Ohio


 1976 November 2, 1982 1988 
 
Nominee Howard Metzenbaum Paul Pfeifer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,923,767 1,396,790
Percentage 56.7% 41.1%

County results
Metzenbaum:      50–60%     60–70%     70–80%
Pfeifer:      50-60%     60-70%

U.S. senator before election

Howard Metzenbaum
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Metzenbaum
Democratic

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  • Norbert G. Dennerll, former Cleveland City Councilman
  • Howard Metzenbaum, incumbent Senator

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%

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%

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