1992 United States Senate election in Ohio

The 1992 United States Senate election in Ohio was held on November 3, 1992. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator John Glenn defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor (and current Governor) Mike DeWine to win re-election to a fourth term,[1] coinciding with the presidential election. Glenn's voting percentage of 51% represented the worst performance of his four runs for the Senate, likely due to the presence of third-party candidate Martha Grevatt of the far-left Workers World Party. DeWine would later be elected to Ohio's other Senate seat in 1994 and served with Glenn until the latter's retirement in 1999. As of 2019, this is the last time a Democrat has won the Class 3 Senate Seat from Ohio.

United States Senate election in Ohio, 1992

November 3, 1992
Nominee John Glenn Mike DeWine Martha Grevatt
Party Democratic Republican Workers World
Popular vote 2,444,419 2,028,300 321,234
Percentage 51.0% 42.3% 6.7%

County Results
     40-50%      50–60%      60–70%
DeWine:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

John Glenn

Elected U.S. Senator

John Glenn




Workers World


DeWine's campaign focused on the need for change and to introduce term limits for senators. This would be Glenn's fourth term as senator.[2] DeWine was also critical of Glenn's past campaign debts. His campaign used a bunny dressed as an astronaut beating a drum, with an announcer saying, "He just keeps owing and owing and owing", a play on the Energizer Bunny.[3]

Glenn's campaign noted DeWine's pro-life leanings, and that he flip-flopped on his opposition of term limits. Glenn also said that DeWine was a career politician and was just looking for another job in politics.[3]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Glenn (Incumbent) 2,444,419 50.99%
Republican Mike DeWine 2,028,300 42.31%
Workers World Martha Grevatt 321,234 6.70%
Majority 416,119 8.68%
Turnout 4,793,953

See also


  1. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3490
  2. "DeWine gets easy win to face Glenn". The Tribune. Coshocton, Ohio. Associated Press. June 3, 1992. p. 3 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "DeWine won't get chance to make Washington change". Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. Associated Press. November 4, 1992. p. 7.
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