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7:13 am
Wed March 7, 2012

One-Fourth of Ohio Voters Cast Ballots for Primary

Columbia City Blog

Ohio's voter turnout for Super Tuesday is well short of the record rate logged for the primary election four
years ago, when there were hot contests for both Republicans and Democrats in the presidential race.

Results posted by the Secretary of State's office show the turnout was just over 25 percent Tuesday. Ohio voters narrowly favored Mitt Romney over Rick Santorum as the Republicans battle for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

More than 1.9 million of Ohio's 7.7 million voters cast a ballot.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

New Ohio Congressional Map Sparking Party Faceoffs

Competitive congressional primaries are being decided around Ohio as a result of a revamped congressional map. Democratic voters must choose between longtime U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland in a newly drawn district that stretches across the Lake Erie shoreline. A four-way Democratic contest is also under way for a new Columbus district. Former congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy faces Ted Celeste, brother of former Gov. Dick Celeste; former state lawmaker Joyce Beatty; and Columbus city councilwoman Priscilla Tyson. In southwest Ohio, Republican U.S. Rep.

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4:38 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Cracks Emerge In GOP Over Hydraulic Fracturing

When it comes to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, the Republican Party itself appears fractured — especially in the critical swing state of Ohio. Super Tuesday voters are choosing among a field of GOP contenders who all support less regulation of the drilling technique. Yet some Republicans in Ohio are calling for greater oversight and new taxes on companies using it to harvest natural gas.

Politics
4:36 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Union Law Issue In Some Ohio Legislative Primaries

Several candidates vying for seats in the Ohio Legislature are hoping to tap into lingering voter anger over the state's now-rejected collective bargaining law. Contenders in Tuesday's primary contests include public workers who were against the union-limiting bill passed last spring by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Sixty-two percent of voters rejected the measure in November. One Republican candidate has used his opposition to the legislation to distinguish himself in a three-way contest that includes an incumbent state representative who voted for the bill.

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4:18 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Two Bomb Threats Mar Otherwise "Smooth" Election

As Ohioans vote in this Super Tuesday primary election, turnout is reported to be light…and there are few glitches, according to the state’s top elections official. Secretary of State John Husted, though, reports that bomb threats have disrupted voting at two different polling places.

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