(WJW) – Voters in Ohio are deciding who will be on the ballot in November in Tuesday’s primary election.
Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons, who spent more than $16 million of his own money on this election, admitted that missing out on former President Trump’s endorsement was a loss for his campaign.
FOX 8 spoke with Gibbons when he went to vote on Tuesday, as seen in the video below:
Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel also voted in Tuesday’s election. FOX 8 spoke with him at his voting location, the high school gym of the school he attended. He said it seemed like a high turnout, and that he thought he could win tonight.
“The more people that vote the better, obviously I want them to vote for me, but regardless of who they vote for I think it’s great for people to be exercising their rights as citizens … it’s a beautiful thing in America,” he said.
Our FOX 8 Team caught up with Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance.
Vance had a bump in the polls after an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
“I feel really good, you know I’ve never been on a ballot. You know, what an honor it is to run for office in a country you love so much and has given me so much,” he said.
As for what he’s expecting today…
“I feel like we’re going to come in first and represent the Republican party in November,” Vance told us.
“This is such an important decision for what kind of Republican party we want to have,” he continued.
His election night watch party will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.
Gov. DeWine voted in Cedarville around 9:30 a.m. He and first lady Fran DeWine voted at the Cedar Land Event Center.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is expected to cast his ballot around 9:15 a.m.
He will be voting at the Cedar Land Event Center near his home in Cedarville.
The DeWine-Husted campaign will hold an election night party in Columbus.
DeWine is running against former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, Joe Blystone and Ron Hood.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is asking anyone who left a polling location today without voting to return prior to 7:30 p.m. to cast a ballot.
Electronic poll books were able to scan ballot stub numbers just after 8 a.m. at all locations.
BOE says at no time were ballots not able to be read by a ballot scanner.
They say the electronic poll book does not impact ballot tabulation.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections tells FOX 8 the voter check-in electronic poll book scanning issues that caused problems at the polls early Tuesday have been resolved.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections tells FOX 8 that ballot scanners are operational, but the check-in process isn’t working at some locations.
Poll workers can use paper poll books to register people’s ballots or enter info into the system manually.
Voter check-in system went down “county-wide” in Cuyahoga County just after the polls opened.
Lyndhurst voters had to be checked in with a paper system.
Voters had to wait around 25 minutes before they were able to cast a ballot.
Voting started around 6:55 a.m.
“There is always a plan B,” election workers told FOX 8 Jessica Dill.
Several key races include a U.S. Senate seat, governor, secretary of state and U.S. House.
Author and venture capitalist JD Vance is leading polls in the Republican race to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman.
The winner is likely to face 10-term Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Mike DeWine appears on track to secure his party’s nomination for another term, despite backlash from conservatives over COVID-19 shutdowns and mandates.
Ohio’s Democrats are deciding between former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley or former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley as their nominee for governor. Democrats haven’t won the governor’s office in nearly 16 years.
For the U.S. House, Democratic congresswoman Shontel Brown is again facing progressive activist and former state lawmaker Nina Turner in Cleveland. Brown topped Turner in a special election just last summer.
Ohio’s Republican primary for secretary of state features a matchup between incumbent elections chief Frank LaRose and conservative challenger John Adams, who has questioned the 2020 presidential election results.
The winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary will face Democrat Chelsea Clark in November’s general election.