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A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

Most expensive primary in Ohio history doesn’t slow down on the final weekend before election day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Tomorrow brings an end to the most expensive primary in Ohio history, the race for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by US Sen. Rob Portman. $65 million has been spent by the five leading candidates and the groups that support and oppose them. On Sunday, a… Read More

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates; Tim Ryan, Morgan Harper

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates lay out two paths for the party’s future in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are three candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race and the two leading challengers are setting two different tones on pressing issues like foreign policy and government spending. The Democratic candidates running for U.S. Senate include Morgan Harper, community activist and attorney, Traci “TJ”… Read More

John Cranley, former mayor of Cincinnati, responds to a question in the Ohio Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Debate with Nan Whaley, former mayor of Dayton, at the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Democrats running for Ohio governor pitch their approach to pressing issues

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When Democrats in Ohio cast their primary ballots for governor in this May 3 election, they’ll have to choose between two southwest Ohio former mayors. Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, is facing off against John Cranley, the former mayor of Cincinnati. The candidates were once colleagues as… Read More

A Franklin County poll worker sets up a machine for an early in-person voter at the county's Early Vote Center

Early voting for Ohio’s May 3 primary is lagging behind 2018’s primary turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Despite hotly contested races on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots, the turnout for early voting in Ohio is down nearly 30% compared to the number of ballots cast at this point in the 2018 primary four years ago. There are two weeks to go before the May 3… Read More

Early voters at the Athens County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s elections say the second primary should be held on August 2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of elections officials from around Ohio are underlining their call for a second primary to happen August 2 — and no later. Early voting is under way for Ohio voters to cast their ballot for statewide, congressional, and local races for the May 3 primary. But state… Read More

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Ohio Senate leader suggests COVID funds could pay for second primary after maps are approved

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A primary for just Ohio House and Senate races will be set later this year, after Republicans on the redistricting commission failed to pass maps that the Ohio Supreme Court found constitutional. Ohio House and Senate races are not included in early voting now going on for the May… Read More

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Uncertainty about primary dates over lack of constitutional maps is hurting poll worker recruitment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is headed toward two primaries this year – the statewide and congressional offices on May 3, and the House and Senate candidates later. The uncertainty is making it hard for local boards of elections to recruit the poll workers they need to run those primaries. Local boards are… Read More

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates Traci “TJ" Johnson, Morgan Harper and Rep. Tim Ryan stand during opening statements at Ohio’s U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate at Central State University.

Ohio Democratic hopefuls for Senate cover Supreme Court, Ukraine at Central State University debate

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio (ideastream) — Ohio’s three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate met for a debate hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission at Central State University on Monday. The brisk midday debate saw Congressman Tim Ryan making workers the focus of his remarks while he tried to fend off challenges from Morgan Harper, who emphasized her… Read More

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Campaigns weigh their strategy options if Ohio primary is delayed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s primary election is scheduled for May 3, and it’s just six weeks away. But candidates still don’t know whether the contest will happen at that date. A series of court rulings invalidating Republican-drawn redistricting maps has threatened to delay the primary by a month or more. There’s even a chance… Read More