blue wave

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With about a month remaining before this year's election, talks of "blue waves" have been circulating national political coverage. Here in Ohio, most of the focus has been on the race for governor between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine. But many other state races will determine the makeup of the Ohio House and Senate, which is heavily Republican right now.


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Voters from around the state and nation were keeping a close eye on Tuesday’s special election for the 12th Congressional District seat in central Ohio, not only to see who would replace longtime U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who resigned in January, but to gauge where voters fall in the current political climate.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A special election next month in a Republican-leaning Central Ohio congressional district is being closely watched. It’s the 12th District, a seat formerly held by Pat Tiberi and before that by Gov. John Kasich. The district has been solidly red for 40 years.

But there are signs the Democrat running to replace Tiberi has a good shot at winning. Some are even saying this race captures the pulse of Ohio voters this November.