Ohio primary

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 19:

It was a good night for school districts across Northeast Ohio. Voters supported 18 of 20 school levies on the ballot.

The unofficial results show that whether it was a renewal or an additional levy, voters were 'for' their school district receiving the tax money.

In Cuyahoga county levies for Brooklyn, Strongsville and Parma City Schools all passed.

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Ohio library measures fared well at the voting booth in Tuesday's primary, though a hotly contested library levy in Shaker Heights passed by a narrow margin. The Shaker library's local connections may have tipped the scales.

The campaign pitted the library against a community group that argued Shaker should merge with the Cuyahoga County library system to better achieve cost savings. The levy passed by a margin of just over 300 votes out of more than 9,000 cast. Shaker Heights Library Director Amy Switzer says she's still recovering from the tight victory. 

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County health levies across Northeast Ohio did well among voters last night, but Medina county residents rejected a sales tax increase.

Levies for health and human services in Cuyahoga County, mental health programs in Lake and Lorain, plus the health district in Portage all received more than 60 percent support from voters. Voters in Canton passed an income-tax increase that will support safety forces and economic and neighborhood development.

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While there may have been a lot of interest in yesterday’s primary among political junkies, turnout among Ohio voters was just under 21 percent. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has some more insights into what happened in yesterday’s vote.

This year’s Republican primary for governor was easily the most expensive in Ohio history, with at least $10 million spent by Mike DeWine to defeat Mary Taylor.

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Over the weekend, President Trump made his second visit to Northeast Ohio in less than two months. While in Cleveland, he met with Republican donors, talked about tax cuts passed last year, and endorsed Republican Senate hopeful Jim Renacci.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 25:

A photo of Secretary of State Jon Husted (R-Ohio) casting an early in-person absentee ballot at the Franklin County Board of Elections early voting center.

Ohio voters are a week into early voting for the May primary. They're deciding hundreds of local issues, a major statewide issue on how Congressional maps are drawn and the party candidates for five major statewide offices. 

Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Jon Husted, urges people to vote while acknowledging that there’s usually low turnout in primaries – on average, under 30 percent.

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A Republican candidate for Secretary of State has dropped out of the primary fight, citing party unity as her reason. 

Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville was going head-to-head with Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson in perhaps the biggest primary fight aside from the gubernatorial race. Pelanda wrote that the Ohio Republican Party is a family that must stay strong and that’s why she was ending her candidacy.

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made his first trip back to Ohio since the primary. He went to Belmont County, where his campaign against a global economy played well back in March and continued to play well last night.

Trump had plenty of lines that drew cheers – building a wall, dishonest reporters, water-boarding suspected terrorists. But his chief target was  trade deals – a red flag for a region whose steel and coal industries are struggling.

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 The Ohio primary was Gov. John Kasich’s lone presidential primary win, and new numbers show a lot more Democrats voted Republican than vice versa. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that isn’t a prediction of what could happen this fall.

Before the primary, there were stories of candidates and their supporters encouraging people to cross parties to vote for or against certain candidates in the March primary. Secretary of State Jon Husted notes three times as many Democrats switched parties as Republicans did, but there’s no way to know why.

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The elected members who run the state GOP have selected the delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges will be the delegation chairman. Other top party members will serve in key positions, including Tracey Winbush, the newly elected treasurer of the state central committee.

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Gov. John Kasich is heading to Pennsylvania today, trying to convince voters there to join those in Ohio in helping him win the GOP presidential nomination. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on Kasich’s convincing win in yesterday’s Ohio primary and a contested convention that is looking ever more likely.

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Pollsters and reporters have run into one big phenomenon this election – big surprises when it comes to what voters do when they actually go to the polls. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with one of those who surprised even himself.

Jonathan Vales uses his cellphone to get his dad to the polls, but has been hitting social media to encourage others. He’s 25, a native Akronite, African-American, a truck driver and …

“I’m a big Bernie Sanders supporter…” who took out a Republican ballot.

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump flew into Youngstown tonight to bolster last-minute support fin tomorrow's Ohio primary. His private jet pulled up to a hanger filled with supporters at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. After being introduced by one-time primary opponent, New Jersey Gov, Chris Christie, Trump launched into his plans for fixing the nation and beating Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland stopped at a local union office today in Cleveland to meet supporters campaigning for him.  The former Ohio governor is hoping a last-minute push will help secure a win Tuesday.

At the local AFL-CIO office, a few Strickland supporters called potential voters advance of tomorrow’s primary.  They’re part of the get-out-the-vote effort in support of Strickland, who’s got the backing of the Democratic party and spoke about the importance of phone-banking.

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In a series of campaign stops today , Gov. John Kasich talked about tone, policy and the differences between him and Donald Trump, his chief rival for Ohio voters for the GOP presidential nomination. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from one of those stops.

The first question raised at a town hall at the military air museum near the Akron-Canton Airport was about immigration. Gov. Kasich said he supports completing the border fence and establishing a path to legalization for those here illegally – though not citizenship.

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Most of the attention on the Ohio primary has been focused on the presidential candidates and on the U.S. Senate candidates. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports there are other big races as well.

All 16 members of Congress are on the Ohio ballot this year. However, there are no primaries in six districts, and Republican Reps. Bob Latta of Bowling Green and Bill Johnson of Marietta are running uncontested with no Democratic opponents this fall.

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The Democratic candidates battling for the party’s nomination have made it clear that Ohio is the state to win in tomorrow’s next set of primaries. The huge push from both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to win Ohio included a big dinner in Columbus.

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Both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are making frenetic dashes across Ohio in the days leading up to tomorrow’s primary – pushing their messages at nearly two-dozen town halls, rallies and quick stops with supporters. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has these snapshots of some of the events and the people who attend them.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and other groups are suing Ohio’s top elections official, demanding he allow 17-year-olds to vote in the presidential primary.

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With a week to go before election day, nearly 175,000 voters have already cast ballots in Ohio – in person or by mail. 

According to Ohio’s Secretary of State, people pulling Democratic and Republican ballots are splitting just about evenly statewide  – with about 2-and-a-half percent taking out issues-only or green party ballots.

Among those early voters is James Rhodes of Canton – drawn like many voters largely by the presidential race -- but less than inspired by the presidential campaigns.

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Ohio’s primary is next Tuesday, and both parties are targeting voters here.

And some voters who want to pick presidential candidates are saying they’re confused about what they’re seeing on the ballot, and others say they’re not being allowed to vote for their preferred presidential choice at all.

Let’s start off with this important note :  presidential candidates in Ohio are not directly elected in the primary. Only the delegates for those candidates are.

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As voters in a dozen states cast their ballots for their presidential nominees, front-runner Donald Trump made a big campaign stop in Ohio. 



While dramatic, instrumental music blasted over the speakers in an airport hangar, Donald Trump’s private jet swooped down and landed in front of some 4,000 supporters.


It was the moment 21-year-old Anthony Cardosi of Westerville had been waiting for all morning long.