Election 2012

President Barack Obama has won Ohio again, capturing the swing state after a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney. Obama, who also won Ohio in 2008, claims the swing state's 18 electoral votes on his way to an electoral victory nationwide.

Democrat Sherrod Brown has won re-election to the U.S. Senate after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country. The 59-year-old Brown beat Republican challenger Josh Mandel  despite an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups.

In the race for Ohio's new 10th District, Congressman Mike Turner won over challenger Sharon Neuhardt by a wide margin of 60% to 36%.  WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Turner about his win.

Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps. Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party.

There were nearly 200 school levies on the ballot Tuesday in Ohio. Several districts around the Miami Valley were seeking levy support from voter's to replace state aid ad revenue lost through tax changes.  The majority of these levies were rejected.

County by county results for the WYSO listening area:

The WYSO news team has partnered with the Associated Press to bring you extra features and coverage on the candidates and issues this election season:

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Election 2012
7:04 am
Tue July 24, 2012

First Lady Plans 2 Ohio Campaign Events Tuesday

Michelle Obama plans a campaign appearance today in Dayton for her husband's re-election bid.

The First Lady is scheduled to appear at the Dayton Convention Center at 3:10 this afternoon.  Tickets for the event are no longer available.

Mrs. Obama also has a stop schedule at a high school in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus.

Ohio is a must-win ticket for the president, who must tread carefully in a state where unemployment has continued to drop under Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich lives in Westerville, the site of Michelle Obama's early afternoon speech.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

PoliticsOhio: Early Voting Rules Spark Federal Lawsuit

Ohio Democrats and the Obama campaign have filed a lawsuit against the state to try and reinstate the three day early voting window before Election day. Jo Ingles with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau reported on the story and spoke with officials in the Democratic party, and Secretary of State Jon Husted. She breaks down the situation for Emily McCord in the week's edition of PoliticsOhio.

Politics
6:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Vice President Focuses On Manufacturing At Ohio Campaign Stop

About 600 backers of President Obama gathered at a union hall in downtown Columbus yesterday to hear Vice President Joe Biden explain Ohio is adding manufacturing jobs now because of President Obama’s bold decision to bail out the American auto industry. Biden said the President has bet on Ohio and America and says it’s paying off with gains in manufacturing jobs. But when comes to betting on America, Biden said it’s fair to question Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record at his financial firm, Bain Capital.

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Politics
7:32 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Romney in Ohio for Fundraiser, Speech on Wednesday

Republican Mitt Romney is bringing his presidential campaign back to the battleground state of Ohio.

The former Massachusetts governor will be in northwest Ohio today for a fundraiser in Toledo, before speaking at a town hall meeting at the Bowling Green Community Center.

It's a busy campaign week in Ohio. President Barack Obama was in Cincinnati on Monday and Vice President Joe Biden will return tomorrow with a visit to a labor union in Columbus.
 

Politics
5:32 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

President Obama and Others File Lawsuit Against Ohio

Democrats, along with President Obama’s re-election campaign, have filed a federal lawsuit against Ohio to try to reinstate the three days of early in person voting before Election day.

In 2008, 93 thousand Ohioans voted in Ohio in the three days before the election.  Since then, Republican lawmakers have wiped out the 3 day window for most Ohioans. Only military members and their families can now take advantage of that opportunity.  Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern says that’s not right.

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