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Even though 2014 is not a Presidential Election year, there are many important races throughout Northeast Ohio and across the state. The WKSU newsroom will offer in-depth coverage of the races and issues that affect the region.

Tuesday night, starting at 8, join WKSU and NPR for a look at the results of the election in Ohio and nationwide. From the U.S. Senate, to the Ohio governor’s race to local bills of rights, we’ll have results and analysis on air, on the Web and via Facebook and Twitter.

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Seven seats are up for election this year on the Ohio Board of Education
While races are less publicized, the elections have real implications for education in the state

If you are following politics this year, you probably know most of the candidates on the ballot for statewide offices, your congressional district, and maybe a few local seats. But do you know who is running for state school board? Candidates in seven board districts are vying for votes this election for a board that exerts considerable influence over education policy.
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Both parties try to connect with Ohio's women voters
Parties define women's issues differently

Abortion is likely the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they hear the words "women’s issues." But that is only one issue women are concerned about. In fact, there are other issues that many women say are more significant to them.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on what those women want and how they are going about the process of getting it.
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Abortion remains a divisive issue in Ohio
Some criticize leaders for going to far; others for not doing enough

Advocates for abortion rights and birth control say state leaders have done a lot of things during the past four years that restrict Ohio women from being able to exercise their rights to reproductive freedom.

Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports those same state leaders are being criticized for not doing enough.
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Ohio voters want more options for governor
Most voters know who they are voting for, but want more of a selection

There aren’t many undecided voters in this election, especially involving the governor’s race. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that doesn’t mean all voters are happy with the options they have.
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Re-election is a sure bet for two Northeast Ohio congressmen
Neither Gibbs nor Ryan is facing an active opposition campaign

Northeast Ohio is carved up among eight Congressional districts.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on two of them, where voters essentially have one choice.
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A preview of the 14th Congressional race in Ohio
Joyce, Wager and Macko face off for Ohio's most balanced district

Heading into this election season, Ohio’s 14th Congressional District was regarded as one of the few in the country that would be competitive between Republicans and Democrats. Pundits have changed their views in recent weeks, but Democrats continue to hold onto hope that Republican Dave Joyce will be a one-term incumbent. WKSU’s M.L. has this profile of the district and the race.  
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A preview of Ohio's 9th Congressional race
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur goes for a 17th term against Republican Richard May, in a district that's a safe seat for a Democrat

Democrat Marcy Kaptur has held the seat in the 9th congressional district along Lake Erie since 1982. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia looks at why that's unlikely to change in next week's election.
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Renacci and Crossland are competing for 16th Congressional District
Renacci has incumbancy and a GOP leaning district in his favor; Democrat Crossland is making his first run at national office

The race for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District pits a wealthy Republican incumbent against a modestly funded Democratic challenger. Congressman Jim Renacci is seeking a third term in the district that runs down the center of Northeast Ohio. He’s being challenged by former Akron-area politician and teacher Pete Crossland who’s concerned over the situation in Washington.
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A look at Ohio's 6th: The race for Congress in Ohio's longest district
It's a contest in northeast Ohio, east central Ohio, and southeast Ohio -- all at the same time

Running for Ohio’s 6th District Congressional seat can be a long run indeed.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on the race between Republican incumbent Bill Johnson and Democratic challenger, former State Rep. Jennifer Garrison.
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Ohio Libertarians drop their ballot appeal
The third party says it won't pursue a challenge to court decisions keeping its candidates off the ballot

The executive director of the Libertarian Party of Ohio says he won’t appeal a federal judge’s decision denying a request from two of his party’s candidates to be reinstated to the fall ballot.

Kevin Knedler says the fight to be recognized as an established third party in Ohio has gone on for a decade. But Knedler says the ruling on the removal of Charlie Earl as a candidate for governor and Steven Linnabary for attorney general will stand.
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Ohio's party chairmen have at it
The head of Ohio's Democrats and Republicans have sharp words for each other

With the election a little over two weeks away, the major political parties in Ohio are in full campaign mode, working to get out their messages and their voters.

Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler talked with the leaders of the two parties, though not at the same time. And even though the chairmen weren’t together,  some tough words were exchanged.
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Joyce and Wager debate in 14th District Congressional race
At Cleveland City Club, the candidates show differences on immigration policy and how things get get done or not in Washington

One of the few congressional campaign debates was held today at the Cleveland City Club. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the meeting between 14th District Republican Dave Joyce and Democratic challenger Michael Wager.
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Sizing up Ohio Dems' chances this year
A pair of experts on Ohio election history put this year's race in context

The latest independent poll in the Ohio governor’s race shows Republican incumbent John Kasich increasing his lead over Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald.  The question more and more political watchers are wondering is whether the race is effectively over. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with two experts in Ohio elections history.
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Fitzgerald's take on new Quinnipiac Poll
Poll show widening gap between the Democrat and incumbent John Kasich in the race for governor

A new independent poll of likely voters shows some bad news for the Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio. The latest Quinnipiac poll has likely voters backing Republican incumbent John Kasich at 57 percent, compared to 35 percent for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. And the poll also shows Kasich gets support from 25% of Democratic voters, and that nearly half of those surveyed  say they still don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion.   FitzGerald says he always knew he’d be the underdog in this race, but he says his campaign is still out there talking to voters.
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Time's running out to register to vote
It's time to double-check to make sure you are registered

The voter registration deadline for this fall’s election is nearing. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Ohioans should double check now to make sure they are registered to vote.
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What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for early voting
Head of the Association of Election Officials plays down the difficulties

Early voting that was set to begin Tuesday 9-30-14 won’t happen after all. The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the in person, early voting in the buckeye state. The ruling will remain in effect until the court acts on an appeal by state officials. And since that appeal has not yet formally been filed, it means the Golden week, when Ohioans can both register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time, will not be allowed. This ruling also puts some weekend and evening voting hours in jeopardy. What does this mean for local boards of elections that were set to begin voting Tuesday? In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Aaron Ockerman with the Ohio Association of Election officials says it’s not a big problem for them to put the election on hold at last minute.
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