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UPDATED 2 - Live election results here (all precinct results in)

Joe Centers • Nov 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM

All of the Huron County precinct results are in. However, officials are still counting absentee ballots.

The Edison school district levy went down tonight. In Erie County, 2,105 voted against (55 percent), while 1,709 were in favor. In Huron County, 163 were against the levy, while 161 voted in favor.

It appears the school levies in Norwalk and Willard will fail, too. Monroeville's school levy, however, appears that it will pass.

As for local races, Terry Boose is poised to retain his seat in Columbus as a state representative for this area.

It looks like Gary Bauer will remain a Huron County commissioner. Larry Silcox, however, will be ousted by Tom Dunlap, if the results stand.

And Jan Tkach is well on her way to defeating Christina Raftery in the race for county recorder.

Here are the results from all of the precincts, minus absentee ballots:

State Rep. 57th District

Terry Boose 10,561

Matt Lark 7,028

Robert Sherwin 911

County commissioner (term to start on Jan. 2)

Gary Bauer 9,309

Sharon Ward 7,266

Fred Eldred 1,492

County commissioner (term to start on Jan. 3)

Tom Dunlap 9,561

Larry Silcox 8,517

County recorder

Jan Tkach 10,053

Christina Raftery 7,701

Norwalk school levy

Against 3,047

For 2,711

Willard school levy

Against 1,879

For 1,364

Monroeville school levy

For 832

Against 677

Edison school levy

Against 291

For 279

Willard city income tax

Against 854

For 618

U.S. Senate

Josh Mandel 9,973

Sherrod Brown 7,663

Scott Rupert 1,281

U.S. Rep. District 4

Jim Jordan 4,722

Jim Slone 4,081

Chris Kalla 668

U.S. Rep. District 7

Bob Gibbs 5,226

Joyce Healy-Abrams 3,271

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Both Norwalk Superintendent Dennis Doughty and Willard Superintendent Jeff Ritz were encouraged with early levy results in their respective school districts.

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Voters in swing state Ohio tired of ads and phone calls, glad that election is almost over

By Robin Erb

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Ohio remained a key battleground state today as voters, weary of the barrage of campaign ads directed at them, went to the polls.

“It has been just terrible,” Karla Burroughs, a 65-year-old Holland, Ohio, woman said as she and friends gathered for a knitting class. Each sported an “I voted” sticker.

Agreed fellow knitter 55-year-old Laurie Zimmerman of Norwalk, Ohio: “You mute the TV and ignore the phone and that’s about all you can do.”

Ohio was pinpointed early on as a crucial swing state, so while President Obama has visited Michigan just once and Republican candidate Mitt Romney twice since the presidential primary Feb. 28, the two candidates and their wives have dropped by Ohio dozens of times. Romney was in Cleveland today.

Ad spending by the combined presidential campaigns since May 1 has neared $116 million in Ohio, according to an analysis by the National Journal, a Washington-based publication.

In Michigan by contrast, other groups have purchased presidential campaign ads, of course, but ad spending by the campaigns themselves has been relatively nonexistent.

The ads and visits work, or campaigns wouldn’t spend the money, said Ron Rothenbuhler, chairman of Lucas County Democrats in Toledo and the county’s Board of Elections.

Equally obvious, Rothenbuhler said: “Everyone will be happy tomorrow that the phone isn’t going to ring and ring and ring, and we won’t be seeing commercial after commercial after commercial.”

Will we know who the president is Wednesday?

The Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.


Before the polls even opened today for the Presidential Election 2012, news organizations were filled with stories raising the possibility that the final election results may not be released tonight. Or tomorrow. Or even this week or this month.

Issues are understandable in the northeast where Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on several states. If numbers fall below 25 percent in New York, they can petition to hold a second day of voting, and in New Jersey, voters can vote by fax or email, with questions about verification already becoming an issue.

Other states, including Florida and Ohio, are reporting issues as well.

In Ohio, a pivotal state for both Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, counting and certifying the provisional ballots may take days or weeks. There has already been controversy over how the ballots are being filled out, so this may be a key issue if a recount is necessary.

In Florida, the Democratic party has sued the state, saying that the decision to cut the number of early voting days has led to long waits and long lines at polling places, disenfranchising voters by limiting their voting opportunities. Other states are dealing with voting machine issues, with the Republican party requesting that all machines be recalibrated and several states are refusing to do.

While the parties' pushback may be pre-emptive strikes to ensure a legal standing in the event of a contested election, the reality is that all the issues may delay results.

America may or may not know who will occupy the White House for the next four years by the morning, but let's hope that the post-election period doesn't become as much of a battleground as the preelection period has been.

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