Election 2016

Office of Governor John Kasich

As expected, Governor John Kasich didn’t do well among the Republican presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses. He finished tied for seventh place with Carly Fiorina, both with just under 2% of the vote. 

Kasich had focused his campaign on New Hampshire, figuring he could perform better with face-to-face campaigning in a smaller state with fewer extremely conservative voters.But University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven says he has his work cut out for him.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Three New Hampshire newspapers are endorsing Ohio Gov. JohnKasich for president as the Republican aspires to a top-tier primary finish there.

The Nashua Telegraph, Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Herald all threw their support behind Kasich in Sunday editions.

The Nashua paper called Kasich a "pragmatic problem-solver" with executive experience. The other two newspapers note Kasich "is not the flashiest candidate in the field," but say he's best qualified because of his effective leadership as a congressman and governor.

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Two Montgomery County Commissioner seats are being challenged in 2016. Four Republicans hope to unseat current democratic commissioners, Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman. But, they’ll have to make it through the March primaries first.

The four republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner include former Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell and former Englewood City councilman Don Birdsall.  Both men are running against Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.

Republican State Sen. Chris Widener has reached his term limit and won't seek election next year. Widener serves Clark, Madison and Greene counties, and is in the process of completing his second four-year term. 

Widener is term limited in the Ohio Senate, where he is currently the president pro tempore so he can’t run again. He has also served in the Ohio House of Representatives. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld has made official his run against former Gov. Ted Strickland in the 2016 Democratic primary.

The 31-year-old city councilman from Cincinnati has resisted steady pressure from the Democratic establishment to clear the way for Strickland to take on sitting Republican Rob Portman next year.

Strickland, who has not yet filed, is the Democrats' endorsed candidate. His favorability and name ID exceeded Portman's in some early polling and he's already been targeted in more than $2 million in outside advertising.

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is threatening to sue his fellow candidate, Republican Gov. John Kasich.  The Kasich super PAC New Day for America says it got a letter from Donald Trump’s lawyers, threatening legal action over a new ad that begins, "On the job training for president does not work."

 

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Wright State University in Dayton has been chosen to host the first general election presidential debate next year. The Commission that chooses where and when those debates will be held has selected Wright State’s Ervin J. Nutter Center as home to the first debate on September 26th in 2016.

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GOP presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was at Cedarville University Tuesday on a campaign stop.

Carson is one of the front runners in the Republican primary race, although he's well behind Donald Trump in the polls. 

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The conservative policy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) will hold its annual summit in Columbus this weekend, and it’s getting a jump on the fall 2016 US Senate race with a big TV ad buy.

AFP, backed by the conservative Koch brothers, is spending more than a million dollars on TV ads targeting the Democrat who’s leading in the polls, former Gov. Ted Strickland.

Office of Governor John Kasich

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.

Kasich joined Bentley for an event Monday at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Bentley says he called Kasich to offer his support after seeing him in a recent debate. Bentley cites Kasich's experience and compassion as factors in his decision to endorse him.

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