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Gov. Voinovich wins Ohio


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Gov. Voinovich wins Senate race in Ohio, defeats Democrat Boyle

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(AllPolitics, November 3) -- Republican Gov. George V. Voinovich easily defeated his Democratic challenger, former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Mary Boyle, for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic senator and astronaut John Glenn.

When Glenn opted not to seek re-election, it gave the Republicans a big opportunity to capture his seat. Glenn showed weakness when he ran for re-election in 1992, capturing just 51 percent of the vote.

Voinovich, a former mayor of Cleveland, started out with a huge advantage, including high personal ratings, lots of money in the bank and a lead in the polls. For a time, he looked vulnerable, because of a failed school-reform plan which would have raised state sales taxes, but even voter disenchantment over that appeared to subside.

Boyle tried to make Voinovich's record as governor the main issue, but she lacked the money needed for a major media campaign.

And with Glenn training for his shuttle Discovery space mission and unwilling to get involved in the race because astronauts shun politics, Boyle lacked even his endorsement.

Boyle criticized Voinovich's record on education, the environment and taxes, and attacked him over the future of Social Security, while he portrayed her as too liberal.

In the campaign's final days, polls showed Voinovich maintaining his lead; a Columbus Dispatch newspaper survey taken between September 25 and November 1 gave him a 14-point lead, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg contributed to this report.


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