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UPDATE: Jennifer Garrison, Ed FitzGerald Win Primary

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 9:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - An anti-abortion, pro-gun rights Democrat won her primary in a bid to unseat two-time U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio.

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison defeated Democratic primary challenger Gregory Howard, a farmer and community activist.

She now faces Johnson, who was unopposed in the GOP primary.

Garrison has the backing of national Democrats in an Appalachian coal region in Ohio's 6th Congressional District. That seat is viewed by both parties as competitive this fall, having once been working-class Democratic turf.

The primary was notable for what Garrison stayed away from: President Barack Obama. Garrison says Obama's policies won't help her win.

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 9:15 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio voters approved the renewal of a public works program that funds upgrades to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

The statewide issue on Tuesday's primary ballot allows the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The Ohio Public Works Commission would then use the funds to provide grants and loans to local governments for capital improvement projects. Those could include repairs to roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law had urged residents to vote no, saying Ohio should not borrow and spend money it doesn't have.

Republican Gov. John Kasich said the proposal would keep Ohio's economy growing by making needed investments in infrastructure.

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 8:37 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The November field in the race for governor is set, after Ohioans voted in primary elections without any signs of major voting problems.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald easily won the Democratic primary for governor, and will challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich's bid for re-election this fall. Long the presumptive Democratic nominee, FitzGerald overwhelmed little-known Larry Ellis Ealy.

No significant voting problems were reported to state officials by the time polls closed Tuesday evening. A Secretary of State's Office spokesman says everything appears to have gone "pretty smoothly."

Elections board officials in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus reported light but steady turnout Tuesday, with heavier voting in communities with contested issues or candidate races.

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 7:40 PM

Polls are now closed in Ohio.

Keep it on TheNewsCenter.tv and WTAP-TV for the latest results throughout the evening.


UPDATE 5/6/2014 6:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio elections board officials are reporting light but steady turnout in primary voting, especially in communities with contentious issues such as school levies.

Franklin County Elections Board spokesman Ben Piscitelli says things are going well considering polling places for 15 percent of county voters had changed since the last election to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hamilton County Elections Board Director Amy Searcy says neighborhoods with contested issues and candidate races are seeing more turnout.

Cuyahoga County Elections Board Director Pat McDonald says light but steady turnout during the day was expected to pick up as people get off work.

Voters were deciding only one statewide issue Tuesday, whether taxpayers should continue to pay for a program for repairs and upgrades to roads and bridges.

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Peggy Byers with the Washington County Board of Elections says voters need to cast their ballots at their local precincts.

WTAP News will have results & LIVE update through out the evening on our webchannel TheNewsCenter.TV as well as on our evening newscasts.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio elections board officials are reporting light but steady turnout in primary voting especially in communities with contentious issues such as school levies.

Franklin County Elections Board spokesman Ben Piscitelli says things are going well considering polling places for 15 percent of county voters had changed since the last election to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hamilton County Elections Board Director Amy Searcy says neighborhoods with contested issues and candidate races are seeing more turnout.

Cuyahoga County Elections Board Director Pat McDonald says light but steady turnout during the day was expected to pick up as people get off work.

Voters were deciding only one statewide issue Tuesday, whether taxpayers should continue to pay for a program for repairs and upgrades to roads and bridges.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Secretary of State's office says primary election voting is running smoothly.

An office spokesman said that there have been no issues reported since the polls opened early Tuesday. They'll close at 7:30 p.m.

State voters will cull the candidates for governor, state Legislature and U.S. House.

The election also will determine the outcome of one statewide ballot issue, along with about 600 local issues.

Marylyn Brengelman, a 66-year-old retiree who cast her ballot in Cincinnati Tuesday, said she likes Gov. John Kasich and voted a straight Republican ticket, adding that "I'd like to boot everyone out of Washington and get a fresh start, but that's not an option."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Voting is under way in Ohio's primary election that will cull the field of candidates for state and U.S. House posts.

Polls will remain open Tuesday until 7:30 p.m.

The election also will determine the outcome of one statewide ballot issue, along with about 600 local issues.

In the race for Ohio governor, the Democratic leader of the state's most populous county was looking past a little-known Dayton-area activist to take on Gov. John Kasich in November. Most observers believe Larry Ellis Ealy, of Trotwood, has little chance against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democrats' endorsed candidate.

Voters will choose whether to renew a public works program that funds repairs and upgrades to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure.

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