Election 2018

Photof of Harbaugh at town hall
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Democrat Ken Harbaugh is making his first run at political office in a district that leans so Republican that incumbent Bob Gibbs didn’t even have a challenger four years ago. But Harbaugh is also one of the hundreds of vets taking a run at Congress this year with the backing of partisan and nonpartisan veterans groups. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports from one of a series of town halls that Harbaugh has organized throughout Ohio’s 7th Congressional District.

The tone of the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Congressman Jim Renacci may have been set by the very first ad, which ends its short run on broadcast and cable TV around the state today.

Brown’s ad refers to Renacci’s registration as a lobbyist for a firm he worked for as an accountant in 2008. He filed paperwork two months ago saying that registration was deactivated in 2009. Brown doesn’t characterize the ad as negative.

Photo of Brown at Press Club
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Though turnout in this week’s Ohio primary was low, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is predicting higher-than-usual interest in the general election this fall. 

Brown was asked during his Akron Press Club speech whether Democrats are ready for 2018 and have what they’ll need to drive voter turnout. His response was focused on young voters and what will push them to participate. Top of the list, he said, is guns, but it’s not the only issue.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich had a message for both his fellow Republican and the Democrat who were winners in yesterday’s primary for governor. 

Kasich has less than eight months left in office, and said he’s concerned about two of his legacy acts.

photo of Richard Cordray on primary election night 2018
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Former Ohio Attorney General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Rich Cordray is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate after winning Tuesday’s primary. His victory was resounding.

With a large number of undetermined Democratic voters, many political pundits thought the race would be close. But Cordray won about two-thirds of the votes in a field of six candidates. He spent about $1.7 million and largely avoided the blistering campaign fight with his opponents that marked the Republican gubernatorial race between Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor

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