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2014 tallied Ohio's third lowest turnout in the last 15 elections
Nearly one million fewer voters turned out than in 2006 election.
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Karen Kasler

The 2014 election didn’t generate much excitement in Ohio. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says history was made, not by the campaigns, but in key Election Day numbers.

Karen Kassler reports election numbers overshadow results.

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How low was voter turnout? Ask Mike Dawson, who tracks and compares data from the Secretary of State’s website on his own site

“The third lowest total in the last 15 gubernatorial elections. It’s actually stunning – 850,000 below 2010, and almost a million below 2006.”

And Dawson says he’s seeing something he’s never seen before in the numbers of votes for governor and votes for the next race listed on the ballot. 
“In this particular race, the attorney general’s race is going to attract between 4,000 and 5,000 more votes than the governor’s race, which is unheard of.”

If unofficial results hold, the Green Party candidates for governor got 3.3 percent of the vote – a record for a third party in a governor’s race in recent history and enough to qualify the Green Party as a minor political party with automatic ballot status under a new state law.

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