Election 2012
4:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Secure Majorities in Ohio Legislature

Republicans will continue their control over the Ohio Legislature, having secured enough seats to give them an edge in each chamber.

The GOP had majorities in both the House and Senate going into Tuesday's election.

It was a longshot for Democrats to take control of the state Senate, where the GOP has a 23-10 advantage.

Republicans have a 59-40 edge in the House. Democrats were hoping to cling to enough seats there to keep the GOP from gaining any more power.

8:07 am
Tue September 18, 2012

GOP Senatorin Columbus to Counter Obama’s Message

The Romney campaign sent an up-and-coming Senator from Florida to Ohio to counter the twin visits of President Obama. Marco Rubio spoke to about three hundred people at the Statehouse at almost the same time Mr. Obama was speaking about a mile away. Rubio talked about the concerns of unemployed college graduates and workers with dwindling savings. And Rubio said things can get better only by returning to what he called the principles that made Americans prosperous and different - limited government and the free enterprise system, which he praised as offering huge opportunity.

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8:38 am
Thu April 5, 2012

GOP Party Chair Kevin Dewine Resigns

Ohio's Republican party chairman has announced he's stepping down just two weeks after GOP leaders in seven of the state's largest counties asked him resign.

Kevin DeWine says he's leaving his post April 13 when a successor will be elected. He says he will remain on the state central committee.

In a letter to party officials Wednesday night, DeWine said "factions within our party" are fighting over who is best to provide leadership. He says that fight could become a "party-splitting dispute that no one will win and everyone will lament."

5:53 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Ohio's Nail-Biter Primary Ensures Race Is Still On

Ellen Belcher, who is filling in for Emily McCord, interviews John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, about the results of Mitt Romney's tepid win in Ohio's primary.

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5:45 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Wannabe GOP Presidential Candidates Can't Get Enough of Ohio

Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews the Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallett about the run-up to Super Tuesday on March 6. Hallett, who has been traveling with GOP candidates as they barnstorm Ohio, talks about how voters are reacting and explains why Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine retracted his endorsement of Mitt Romney and is instead supporting Rick Santorum.