Mar 22, 2024 - News

Ohio's weirdest 2024 primary election results

A dog lays underneath a voting booth.

A very good boy at the Columbus polls in 2022. Photo: Andrew Spear/Getty Images

Each election cycle, Axios Columbus scours the state's 88 counties to find the weirdest and most interesting unofficial results.

  • Here's our 2024 primary election list:

ğŸ”Ž Fun with names: Lawrence County Sheriff Jeffery Lawless ran unopposed for another term of tackling lawless behavior.

  • In an O'Brien vs. O'Brien matchup, two days after St. Patrick's Day, Ken defeated John (as well as Don Rankey) in the race for Delaware County treasurer.
  • Jack K. Daniels of New Franklin can celebrate (perhaps with some … whiskey) after winning his primary for the Ohio House's 32nd District.

😬 Quite a day: Congressional candidate Derek Myers accidentally conceded his race while polls were still open, then un-conceded minutes later.

  • He went on to predict "an impotent night" before finishing last out of 11 contenders.

💡 Lights off in Killbuck: Voters in this Holmes County village rejected an electric aggregation plan by 18 votes.

  • That's perhaps unsurprising, since Holmes County is in the heart of Amish country.

🗳 Razor-thin margins: A fire district levy in Licking County passed by two votes, while Ashtabula County voters rejected allowing alcohol sales at a local campground by just one vote.

  • That's nothing. James Matuszak and Connor Rose finished in an exact tie for Wood County recorder: 6,189 to 6,189 votes.
  • These results might change, though, once additional absentee and provisional votes are tallied.
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