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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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Akron, Cleveland schools pass levies
Tax issues approved resoundingly

School officials in Cleveland and Akron are celebrating today (Wednesday) after voters resoundingly approved levies on Tuesday's ballot for both districts. From member station WCPN in Cleveland, Michelle Kanu reports the tax increases mean the districts can avoid making some cuts to programs later this year.
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Local residents' vote may put them at odds with the state
90 gas wells have been drilled within the city limits of Broadview Heights

Taking back local control was on the minds of voters in Broadview Heights last night.  By about two-to-one they approved amending the city charter to ban further oil & gas drilling in the city.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.
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All Ohio library levies pass
Many cities across Ohio had library levies on their ballot this Election Day and they all passed. 

Tax levies are not always popular with Ohio voters, but if they’re for libraries, they are an exception. In fact, the 15 local library levies on Tuesday’s ballot all passed. Doug Evans is director of the Ohio Library Council, which represents 251 libraries. He says this election’s 100 percent approval rate follows in the footsteps of other library levies from the past few years, when the approval rate wasn’t perfect but was still high.
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Congressional Caucus still Conservative
But some Democrats still won big last night

Republicans managed to maintain control of Ohio’s congressional delegation last night, as did the U.S. House. But as StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports, there were some big victories for Democrats too.
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New candidates, little change for State Board of Ed
Six Republicans and five Democrats replaced by same

Yesterday, Ohio voters picked members of the State Board of Eduation in 11 districts. While there are some new faces on the board, StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports there isn’t much change in the board’s political makeup.
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GOP retains control of state House and Senate
Possibility of state income tax next year

Ohioans have voted to keep Republicans in firm control of the Ohio Senate and House. As statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, that leaves open the possibility that next year, lawmakers would okay yet another cut in the state income tax.
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Brown and Mandel post Election Day
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and competitor Josh Mandel reflect on values and leadership the day after elections

After months of campaigning and millions of dollars, the hard fought campaign between U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and his challenger Josh Mandel is over. And now, as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, both men are looking back and looking ahead at the same time.
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Redfern on redistricting in 2013
ODP chair Redfern says Issue 2 may have failed, but it’s not going away

Issue 2 may have failed Tuesday, but one of its backers says the issue behind it isn’t settled. Issue 2 would have taken the authority to draw district maps for state and federal lawmakers out of the hands of elected officials, and it lost by a 2-1 margin, according to unofficial results. But Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern says he thinks another move to change the map-drawing method will happen soon.
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Democrats lose one Ohio Supreme Justice, gain another
Ohio Democratic party wants to add party affiliation on ballot for Supreme Court candidates

Democrats lost one justice on the Ohio Supreme Court but gained another, as incumbent Yvette McGee Brown fell to Republican Sharon Kennedy. And Democrat Bill O’Neill beat sitting Republican justice Robert Cupp. Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern says the one thing in common in both those races is that both winners had what political observers consider “good ballot names.” Redfern says he’ll work to change that when he takes his seat as a newly elected state representative in January.
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ELECTION 2012: Results
Get the latest results across Ohio's 2012 general election races

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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Election Day begins with steady streams at Ohio polling places
Stark County voters express commitment and relief

Voters were lining up this morning well before the sun came up, and polling places were seeing a steady – though not overwhelming – stream.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.
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Ohio voters feel inundated, flattered, overwhelmed and responsible
Election Day voters reflect on the deluge of attention on the Buckeye State

Some $200 million will have been spent in Ohio to try to sway voters in the presidential, Senate and congressional races.  Today, those voters took over.  And as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, many said they didn’t feel particularly illuminated by the deluge of information.
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Worldwide media eyes on Ohio vote count
People from around the country and the world have come to Columbus to cover the election

Reporters and TV crews from across the country and the world have descended on downtown Columbus today (Tuesday) because that’s where the votes will be tabulated in this crucial battleground state. Gregg Dodd is a spokesman for the statehouse where elections officials have set up a special election information center. He talked with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
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Ohio voters give their reasons for voting in this election
Voters had arrived to the polls as early as 6:30 am

Long lines have formed at some polling places across Ohio. Even voters who arrived just 10 minutes after the polls opened at 6:30 this morning had to wait nearly an hour before casting their ballots at one polling place on Columbus’ northside. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen talked with some of the early-risers, not about whom they were voting for, but why they were voting.
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Voting concerns in Cuyahoga, Summit over scanners
But overall, reports say smooth 

Ohioans are still going to the polls at this hour. And gGroups monitoring the election in Ohio today say there have not been major problems, but have been some glitches in Northeast Ohio. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
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Northeast Ohio voters talk about money, politics, Romney and Obama and the Senate race
Here the thoughts of Ohio's voters

After months of being  pushed, prodded and pursuaded, Ohio voters finally  had their say today. And here are some of their thoughts on the candidates and the campaigns.
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