2020 Primary Election

Read or listen to our conversations with the candidates vying for your vote during this election season.

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Tony Dejak / AP

Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about the process to certify the March primary elections results that begins this weekend at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

With nearly 69% of the vote, Democratic candidate Fanon Rucker defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday, setting up a high-profile fight against Hamilton County's Republican Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in November.

It is a battle for one of the last corners of county government still in the control of the GOP in an increasingly Democratic county.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition speaks with WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson about Tuesday’s vote-by-mail primary.

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Gary Landers / AP

Kate Schroder of Clifton easily defeated Nikki Foster of Warren County in Ohio's 1st Congressional District, setting up a general election race against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, who has held the seat for the better part of a  quarter century.

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Tony Dejak / AP

WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the probability that when the votes from Ohio's primary are counted Tuesday night, it is likely to be a very low turnout election.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

Law enforcement officials and the inmates that they are responsible for overseeing are facing challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Marion Correctional Institution, 50 miles north of Columbus, has nearly 2,000 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. That represents about 80% of the prison's inmates. 

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has mailed out more than 134,000 ballots for the spring primary. Elections Director Sherry Poland says as of Tuesday, just about 58% of those have been returned. That's more than usual, because the regular March 17 primary was changed to all-absentee ballots and the voting period was extended to April 28.

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

Cincinnati Edition takes a look at the upcoming presidential and local primary contests and what voters need to do to participate.

COURTESY OF KATE SCHRODER AND NIKKI FOSTER

Ahead of Ohio's mail-in primary on April 28, Cincinnati Edition talks to the candidates about how they are reaching out to voters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today on the program we hear from Ohio First Congressional District candidates Kate Schroder and Nikki Foster.

A voting rights organization says there are potentially a lot fewer voters who will cast ballots this year compared to the presidential primary four years ago. The group looked at totals so far for the March 17 primary that has been extended to April 28.

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The coronavirus pandemic postponed Ohio's primary on March 17. The state switched to vote by mail with a deadline of April 28. In the run-up to the new primary date, we check in with the three democratic candidates for Hamilton County Commission.

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Rucker, Tana Weingartner, WVXU / Davis, courtesy of the candidate

The coronavirus pandemic postponed Ohio's March 17 primary. The state has switched to voting by mail for most - with a few exceptions - with a deadline of April 28. Local campaigns have been thrown a major curveball by the delay. In the run-up to the new primary date, we are checking in with the candidates to see how they have been campaigning and reaching out to the community in this time of unprecedented crisis.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Ohio's primary election was supposed to be held on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, but that came to a screeching halt the night of March 16, only hours before the polling places were to open, when Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered the polls to remain closed to protect voters from people carrying the COVID-19 virus.

The Ohio Democratic Party has dropped its lawsuit over the postponed Election Day. 

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John Minchillo / AP

In an unprecedented move, the director of the Ohio Department of Health ordered late Monday night that the state's 3,658 polling places not be opened Tuesday morning for Ohio's primary election. Now, with an active case before the Ohio Supreme Court and legislative action likely next week, the question becomes whether or not the polling places ever open and Ohio holds its first-ever all-absentee primary election.

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Tony Dejak / AP

A consensus is growing in Ohio - among Democrats and Republicans alike - that it is time Ohio set a date for its primary election, which was to have happened Tuesday, so that all of this can be over, once and for all.

Kentucky is delaying its May primary elections by more than a month, the latest in a series of crowd restrictions announced to try and limit the spread of coronavirus.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The chairman of the Clermont County Republican Party, under fire by a faction of the party, says he relies on honesty and forthrightness to make sure candidates are above board. Apparently, not all of them were. Now voters will decide their fate.

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Courtesy of the candidate; Twitter; the candidate

Three women are vying for the Democratic nomination in the race to win a Hamilton County Commission seat. The death of Todd Portune essentially leaves the seat vacant, because his named successor, Victoria Parks, opted not to run.

All three candidates appeared on Cincinnati Edition to talk about their histories and their visions for Hamilton County.

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Two Democratic candidates are looking to unseat Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in the fall. Former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis announced his candidacy in June and former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker joined the race in October.

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