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This year, the political battle for Ohio voters is fiercer than ever. With a tight U.S. Senate race and mere percentage points separating the candidates for President, WKSU reporters are busy covering the story behind the stories to bring you the best information and help you make educated decisions in the November elections.



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Judge linked to corruption loses race in Cuyahoga County
Judge Russo was linked to corruption in Cuyahoga County's former government structure

A juvenile court judge accused of fixing cases for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has come in dead last in a five-way race to retain his seat. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Congressman Kucinich loses Democratic primary
Toledo Congresswoman Kaptur will represent redrawn district

In January, Dennis Kucinich will no longer be a member of Congress from Ohio. In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur soundly defeated him in his run for a new district that stretches from Cleveland to Toledo. And as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the campaign ended with some hard feelings.
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Super Tuesday has good and bad for former Pennsylvania Senator
Santorum lost Ohio, narrowly; but declared himself a winner overall

No where was Super Tuesday’s race for the GOP nomination for president closer than in Ohio. Before election day, Rick Santorum had declared Ohio a key to his presidential hopes. And in the hours Tuesday night before Ohio’s vote tipped ever so slightly in Mitt Romney’s favor, Santorum came to celebrate in Steubenville, Ohio. WKSUs Tim Rudell reports.
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Crossover voters fail to propel Santorum
Santorum lost Ohio despite getting boost from Democrats

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum lost the Ohio primary election, even though he may have gotten a little help from Democrats and independents who abhor his policy stands. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen explains.
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Library levies fare well in Ohio
11 of 14 ballot issues for library funding pass statewide

Election Day was a good one for Ohio libraries. Fourteen of them had proposed property tax hikes or renewals, and voters said "yes" to 11 of them. That's an approval rate of 78%. And Doug Evans of the Ohio Library Council says that continues a recent trend:
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DeWine sees way for Santorum to win despite narrow Ohio loss
Ohio AG continues to support former colleague in D.C.

Ohio backers of Rick Santorum for president aren’t ready to give up on him, despite his narrow loss in the Ohio primary election to Mitt Romney. Romney roared back from a double-digit deficit in one poll to nip Santorum in the actual voting by about one percentage point. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had been an early supporter of Romney. Then, a few weeks ago, he endorsed Santorum. In the wake of Santorum’s narrow defeat, DeWine says Santorum has the ability to win elections. DeWine talks here with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
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Ohio's GOP delegate divide still being decided
Closeness of the presidential race throughout Ohio makes the sort a tough one

The Ohio Republican Party is still trying to figure out how many GOP convention delegates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum won in Tuesday’s presidential primary. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that’s because the race was super close -- not just statewide, but within some congressional districts.
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Ohio's Sen. Brown says he supports most Obama policies to help working families
Newly minted GOP rival Mandel says Brown is hyperpartisan supporter of the president

Even before Josh Mandel won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown was the target of attack ads, portraying him as a creature of President Obama.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that Brown insists he’s his own man – and when he’s sided with the president, it’s on issues that are good for Ohio.
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ELECTION 2012: Primary Results
Get the latest in Ohio's 2012 primary election race

You can keep track of most of the election results in Northeast Ohio through these links to county boards of elections web sites. The sites are updated throughout the night as votes are counted.
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Ohio turnout is light
Voting is slow, but steady; bomb threats cause only disruption so far

Turnout is reported to be light at polling places across Ohio today . The state’s top elections official, John Husted is predicting a relatively turnout for another reason -- the relatively small number of people who have cast ballots before election day.
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Why is the GOP so attracted to Steubenville?
River town may represent 2012's "Reagan Democrats"

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is hosting his post-Super Tuesday election event tonight in Steubenville. The river town is in Ohio, yet aligned in many ways with Santorum’s native Pittsburgh area – including being Steelers fans. But Steubenville also aligns with Santorum in other ways.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell’s TV broadcasting career began in the panhandle area, and spoke with News Director M.L. Schultze about why Republicans may be gravitating to places like Steubenville – not just now, but in the fall.
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With Ohio's new 9th, geographical loyalty goes only so far
Primary for one of Ohio's few Democratic-leaning congressional districts pits two incumbents and a newcomer

The GOP presidential race is the marquee matchup in Ohio’s primary election today. But another race that’s getting lots of attention is the the new 9th Congressional District. Ohio lawmakers redrew congressional district lines this year, and the new maps created a sliver that follows Lake Erie from Cleveland to Toledo – and matches two incumbent Democrats: Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich and newcomer Graham Veysey. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier talked to voters at the Cleveland end of the district, and found some geographical loyalty, but other factors as well.
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Regula supports Romney
Long-time Ohio Republican congressman Ralph Regula says fellow moderate Mitt Romney couls bring parties together 

One of Ohio’s longest serving Republican congressmen – known for decades as a moderate –believes Mitt Romney will also stand out as a moderate once the primary season is past.

Ralph Regula represented the 16th Congressonal District for more than three decades before retiring in 2008. He supported Romney in the Republican primary then, and is now.
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Romney voters concerned about economy
A composite of Northeast Ohio Republicans who voted for Mitt Romney in today's primary

Ohio Republicans who went for Mitt Romney consistently offered one big reason: The economy. And one smaller reason - campaign ads. WKSU reporters went to polling places throughout Northeast Ohio today (Tuesday) to hear from Republican primary voters.  Here’s a composite of their thoughts:
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A crowd waits for Santorum and poll results
Exit polls say the race is going to Romney, but less than 10 percent of precincts are reporting.


WKSU’s Tim Rudell is down in Steubenville, where GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is holding his Super Tuesday post- election event.
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