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Over 1.2 million Ohioans have already voted in the Nov. 3 election, both by absentee ballots and in-person early voting at county boards of elections.

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The first presidential debate was a shouting match. The second debate was canceled when President Trump came down with the coronavirus and refused to participate in a virtual match-up. Now the final debate is set for Thursday in Nashville.

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Vice President Mike Pence spent just shy of an hour addressing supporters during a campaign event in a hangar at Lunken Airport Wednesday evening. The crowd, clad in red Make America Great Again caps and patriotic clothing, cheered and rose to their feet as he talked about the Trump administration's record on the economy, energy policies, supporting military and law enforcement, filling judiciary seats - including on the Supreme Court - and health care.

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Susan Walsh / AP

Fans of irony should take note of the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.

The contest between six-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, former Marine pilot Amy McGrath, could well produce the greatest election irony in many a year.

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Both candidates in Kentucky U.S. Senate race this year have raised boat loads of cash, with Democratic challenger Amy McGrath setting a record in the most recent quarter's reporting.

But is all that money making a difference in the race?

Cory Sharber / WVXU

President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, spoke in front of hundreds of supporters on Friday just weeks before Election Day.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

This presidential election in Ohio is clearly going to shatter all previous records for turnout. By the time the polling places open on Nov. 3, over half of Ohio voters will have already cast early ballots, either by absentee ballot or in person at county boards of elections.

COURTESY OF THE CANDIDATES

Rep. Thomas Massie faces a challenge this November from Democrat Alexandra Owensby in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District. Massie has held the seat for seven years. Owensby is a registered nurse from Ft. Thomas.

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There are two seats up for election on the Hamilton County Commission this year. One of them is that of Commission President Denise Driehaus, who hopes to hold on to her job. But the Democratic candidate faces a challenge from first-time candidate, Republican Matthew Paul O'Neill.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Columbus on Monday to rally supporters as Election Day nears. Early voting has already begun in Ohio, which is expected to play another a critical role in this year's presidential contest.

A new Baldwin Wallace University poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a sizable lead over President Donald Trump in three Great Lakes states – but not Ohio.

Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin by less than a percentage point in 2016. But in this latest survey, Biden holds leads of five to seven percent in those states. That’s in contrast to Ohio, where Trump won by 8 points last time, and is still in the lead now – by 2 points.

COURTESY OF EACH CAMPAIGN

In November, Hamilton County voters pick a new sheriff. Democratic candidate Charmaine McGuffey defeated current sheriff Jim Neil in the primary. She now faces Republican Bruce Hoffbauer.

Updated 6:57 p.m. ET

Despite reports of the Trump campaign canceling TV advertising in Ohio and Iowa, it turns out the campaign has $11 million still reserved for ads in the states, according to the latest spending data provided to NPR by the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, has told Ohio's 88 county boards of elections they can have more than one drop box for  absentee voters but they can't be scattered about - they must all be on board of elections' property. But Friday, a U.S. District Court judge in Cleveland ordered LaRose to allow county board of elections to put drop boxes at multiple locations, if they want.

For many trans people, legally changing their name is a definitive statement of who they are and an affirmation of their identity. The process is not easy, and a name change in Ohio can take months and a small mountain of paperwork. It’s also playing into the fears of some trans people that the change could cost them their vote.

Handing out flyers. Accosting fellow students in between classes. Handwritten signs and decorated tables on the oval. That’s what voter outreach on campus used to look like. 

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This November, a political newcomer looks to unseat the incumbent in Ohio's second congressional district.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

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Frank Victores / AP

In January 2017, then-Bengal Adam "Pacman" Jones, a professional football player with a long history of brushes with the law, was arrested by Cincinnati Police in a melee at the Millennial Hotel downtown and charged with three misdemeanors and one felony count, for spitting on a nurse at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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This November, Hamilton County Republicans have their sights set on one race far above all others: getting incumbent Joe Deters re-elected prosecutor. He faces a candidate he has run against for the seat once before, former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker.

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