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Ohio Elects Presidents - State Electoral College Vote Totals


Why is Ohio viewed as such an important state in national elections, and why is it important for you to be involved in Ohio’s elections process? Because Ohio elects Presidents. In each of the last two close Presidential elections, Ohio proved to be a pivotal state with enough Electoral votes to change the outcome of the country's biggest election.  Ohio will again be a decisive state in the 2016 Presidential election, and your vote makes a difference!

No Republican candidate has ever been elected president, and in the modern era, no Democrat candidate has been elected President, without winning Ohio and its electoral votes. 

In 2000 and 2004, victories in Ohio allowed George Bush to become President and be re-elected. In 2000, the vote total in Ohio was 2,351,209 for President Bush and 2,186,190 for Al Gore, a difference of just 3 1/2 percent.  In 2004 the state results were 2,859,768 for President Bush and 2,741,167 for John Kerry – a difference of just more than 2 percent!

In 2008, Barack Obama's victory in Ohio allowed him to add the state's 20 electoral votes to his winning total of 365.

Total Electoral Votes: 538
Electoral Votes Needed to Elect a President: 270


2000 totalsBush 271 - Gore 266  (Ohio cast 21 Electoral votes for President Bush)
2004 totals: Bush 286 - Kerry 251 (Ohio cast 20 Electoral votes for President Bush)
2008 totals: Obama 365 - McCain 173 (Ohio cast 20 Electoral votes for President Obama)

 

Electoral Votes by State:

State

1991-2000

2001-2010

2011-2020

Alabama

9

9

9

Alaska

3

3

3

Arizona

8

10

11

Arkansas

6

6

6

California

54

55

55

Colorado

8

9

9

Connecticut

8

7

7

Delaware

3

3

3

D.C.

3

3

3

Florida

25

27

29

Georgia

13

15

16

Hawaii

4

4

4

Idaho

4

4

4

Illinois

22

21

20

Indiana

12

11

11

Iowa

7

7

6

Kansas

6

6

6

Kentucky

8

8

8

Louisiana

9

9

8

Maine

4

4

4

Maryland

10

10

10

Massachusetts

12

12

11

Michigan

18

17

16

Minnesota

10

10

10

Mississippi

7

6

6

Missouri

11

11

10

Montana

3

3

3

Nebraska

5

5

5

Nevada

4

5

6

New Hampshire

4

4

4

New Jersey

15

15

14

New Mexico

5

5

5

New York

33

31

29

North Carolina

14

15

15

North Dakota

3

3

3

Ohio

21

20

18

Oklahoma

8

7

7

Oregon

7

7

7

Pennsylvania

23

21

20

Rhode Island

4

4

4

South Carolina

8

8

9

South Dakota

3

3

3

Tennessee

11

11

11

Texas

32

34

38

Utah

5

5

6

Vermont

3

3

3

Virginia

13

13

13

Washington

11

11

12

West Virginia

5

5

5

Wisconsin

11

10

10

Wyoming

3

3

3

Sources: Federal Elections Commission, Ohio Secretary of State

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The Prosperity Project exists to encourage greater participation in the political process from businesses and their employees. Our goal is to promote a pro-growth, pro-jobs issues environment in the State of Ohio. The public officials we elect have an impact on our economy, our competitiveness and our future. The Prosperity Project seeks to provide greater education and awareness about candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to our member companies, their employees and their families.

Unemployment compensation is a critical program to employers and employees in Ohio. In its current state, businesses and employers are paying roughly twice as much as they would need to due to Federal Debt. Paying off the current debt would be a significant boon to employers. Fixing the problem now as opposed to kicking the can down the road can provide relief to both employers and employees.
Public policy should balance the need for governmental oversight and regulation with economic considerations so that Ohio employers, workers and their families are not forced to bear the burden of a noncompetitive, overly restrictive business environment.
Consistent increases in spending by state government have placed a massive burden on Ohio taxpayers. State officials must rein in Medicaid costs, reasonably limit the growth of state tax receipts and spending and find ways to cut the costs of government services and rebuild the state's reserve fund.
Access to reliable and competitively priced energy resources is essential for Ohio employers to remain competitive - an imperative that makes steadily rising energy costs and increased warnings of future supply shortages priority concerns.
Rising costs of healthcare are impairing Ohio's economic development and competitiveness. Individuals, businesses, government and providers must work together to find ways to stem the rising cost of employer-provided health care coverage for Ohio workers and their families, while seeking better coverage for those in need.
Education and workforce policies should focus on improving student achievement, increasing higher education attainment and providing efficient and effective employer-driven workforce training. Improving results in the area of education is the key to our future competitiveness.
Ohio and America need a tax structure that won't hamper the competitiveness of businesses, or workers will suffer. Our tax structure needs to be efficient and not hinder enterprises from investing capital that will sustain productivity and create job growth.
Ohio has made great strides in enacting changes to limit costly and frivolous lawsuits and to curb activism by liberal members of the state’s highest court. Lawmakers must continue to restore common sense to the legal system by advancing increased protections against runaway jury awards and twisted interpretations of statutes by the courts that cost consumers and businesses.
Ohio needs environmental policies that balance legitimate environmental and public health concerns, anti-competitive regulatory burdens for employers, and increased costs for consumers. The goal should be to create reasonable environmental regulations that are commensurate with risk and do not undermine efforts to attract and retain business investment and jobs.
Ensuring Ohio’s economic future requires a clear focus on stimulating high-wage economic growth across all regions of the state. To achieve that objective, Ohio must have statewide and regional economic development strategies.
The state’s workers’ compensation system should exist to protect legitimately injured workers without placing burdens on employers that will ultimately lead to fewer jobs in the state. Waste, fraud, abuse and manipulation of the system must be identified and eliminated.
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