Republican voters rule primary

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Though the 9th has been Republican for decades, it is the sort of suburban district that Democrats think they can flip-and indeed over 10,000 more Democrats than Republicans voted in the primary. While opinions differ on whether voter turnout ultimately sank the Clinton campaign, these figures still send a clear message that Americans will not turn out to vote for an unpopular candidate, even when the alternative is even less-popular.

Registered voters for three political parties cast ballots for candidates at the May 8 primary election.

CNN released a poll on Wednesday with results that shocked its own pundits: the much vaunted "Blue Wave" hoped for by Democrats in the coming midterm elections has virtually disappeared.

Last week, gax-tax opponents, including Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, submitted almost 1 million signatures on petitions to put a repeal of the increase on the fall ballot.

Vote-by-mail ballots for the June 5 statewide direct primary election have been mailed to voters who have registered for the service. But Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says there was more Democratic participation this year than in the 2016 primary. However, the party operatives and voters who want the Republicans out can not afford to feel confident.

Voters will take to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, to cast ballots for a number of candidates to fill important roles in state and federal government. Only 38 percent said they preferred Republicans, while 54 percent said they preferred Democrats. Eighty-two percent of Democrats believe Trump has lied; 51 percent of independents said the same thing. Among those voting were 3,569 Democrats, 2,501 Republicans and 120 non-affiliated voters. He points to a divisive Republican primary. Brent Ottaway is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket in Tuesday's primary for the 13th District. But they've shown that they can turn out voters in special elections. Cordray and DeWine will compete to replace GOP Gov. John Kasich, who is term limited.

Stepien said Trump would engage in a similar way in future races "if he feels particularly strongly about a race or feels a particular connection to a candidate" but added that would happen less often. Republicans, meanwhile, have 4.76 million voters, down by about 300,000 since 2014.

"The enthusiasm is clearly on the side of people who want a different direction for this country and a different direction for this state", Brown said in a weekly phone call with reporters.

Advisers said the president was pleased that Republicans nominated Attorney General Pat Morrissey, considered a stronger challenger against Manchin. In the House, Republicans have a 119-81 edge over Democrats (there are three vacancies).

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