- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Highlights from Tuesday’s elections in Ohio:



Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates were making their final pitches to voters Monday, with GOP Gov. John Kasich appearing primed for a big re-election victory over problem-plagued challenger Democrat Ed FitzGerald.

State Democrats had high hopes a couple years ago for unseating Kasich, but Ohio’s improving post-recession economy helped boost the governor’s approval ratings and FitzGerald’s campaign never got its footing. His first running mate choice withdrew amid questions about taxes owed. Embarrassing disclosures, including that the Cuyahoga County chief executive went a decade without a permanent driver’s license, dogged FitzGerald.

They had no formal debates, and Democrats focused on getting out the vote amid concerns FitzGerald could drag down the rest of the ticket.

Both candidates campaigned around the state over the weekend, with FitzGerald focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts and Kasich getting help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

A Columbus Dispatch poll indicated Kasich had a commanding lead in the campaign’s waning days.



Republican incumbents appeared headed to across-the-board victory in Ohio’s statewide offices, as Democratic challengers for attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer were pulling out the stops in the final day of campaigning.

In the race for attorney general, Republican Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator, faced Democratic challenger David Pepper, a Cincinnati lawyer and son of a former Procter & Gamble CEO, in one of the season’s most aggressive campaigns.

Secretary of State Jon Husted, a former House speaker, faced outspoken state Sen. Nina Turner, of Cleveland, in the race that will determine who is elections chief in the bellwether state during the 2016 presidential contest.

Republican Auditor Dave Yost continued his pushback against Democratic state Rep. John Patrick Carney, of Columbus, while the fight between Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel and Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich, of suburban Cincinnati, turned increasingly negative as Election Day approached and appeared to be the closest statewide race.



With Kasich well ahead in polls and Democratic turnout projected to be down, Republicans are expected to retain their control of both chambers of the Ohio Legislature.



Ohio’s congressional delegation appears unlikely to change, with all 16 House incumbents seeking re-election in districts drawn to allow most incumbents to settle comfortably into their seats. Republicans hold a 12-4 advantage, after the GOP controlled the redrawing of districts to reflect population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census that caused Ohio to lose two seats.

Democrats saw their best chances for upsets in the 14th district in the northeast, with first-term Dave Joyce, the Republican incumbent, against attorney Michael Wager, and in eastern Ohio’s sprawling 6th district, where former state legislator Jennifer Garrison opposed second-term Republican Bill Johnson. But both challengers had uphill races.



Cleveland’s voters will get a chance to weigh in on a topic that’s contentious around the state. Opponents of traffic cameras got an issue on the ballot that, if passed, would mean Cleveland could only enforce traffic camera violations if a police officer is present and writes the ticket, which would likely mean an end to a profitable program for the city.

Cameras opponents argue that the process for appealing these tickets violates drivers’ constitutional right to due process and bypass courts. Supporters, who enlisted former senator, governor and mayor George Voinovich to help their campaign in Cleveland, say cameras help make streets safer and stretch law enforcement resources. The suburban city of Maple Heights has a similar ballot issue.


Sewell reported in Cincinnati.


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