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As of early Wednesday morning, Joe Deters seems to have retained his role as Hamilton County prosecutor and maintained his mantle as the lone Republican to hold office in the county, having 52% of the vote to former Judge Fanon Rucker's 47%, with a majority of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Rucker, however, has not yet conceded.

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Across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, absentee ballots have been mailed, early voting is in place, and Nov. 3 – Election Day – is here. No matter how or when you fill out your ballot (though if voting by mail in Ohio, it needed to be postmarked by Nov. 2; and by Nov. 3 in Kentucky and Indiana) WVXU has everything Tri-Staters need to know about the candidates vying for your vote.

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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.


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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Updated: Tuesday, 11:50 a.m.

After former municipal judge Fanon Rucker won the Democratic primary for Hamilton County Prosecutor, all eyes moved to Republican Joe Deters, the 22-year incumbent he will face in November.

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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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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.


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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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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Calling it with a laugh "the worst kept secret in the county's political history," Judge Fanon Rucker is officially launching his bid to be Hamilton County's next prosecutor.