Romney takes Ohio; locals issues approved

Although Rick Santorum took the majority of Ottawa County’s vote, Mitt Romney took Ohio in Tuesday’s presidential primary. According to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, Romney drew 456,205 votes statewide (37.95 percent) compared to Santorum’s 445,697 votes (37.07 percent). According to unofficial results from the Ottawa County Board of Elections, Romney took 1,610 local votes compared to Santorum’s 1,953.

Democrat Marcy Kaptur will face Republican Samuel Wurzelbacher in the U.S. House of Representatives District 9 race. Kaptur beat out Dennis Kucinich by more than 12,000 votes in the redrawn District that combined the Toledo and Cleveland areas. Wurzelbacher — aka Joe the Plumber — topped Steven Kraus in the Republican race 15,015 to 14,152. In District 5, Bob Latta topped challenger Bob Wallis with more than 82 percent of the vote.
Other Republican winners included Josh Mandel, who topped the race for U.S. Senate over challenger Michael Pryce by more than 450,000 votes. In the District 2 State Senate race, Randy Gardner took more than 79 percent of the vote to top Michelle McCauley.

According to unofficial results posted by the Ottawa County Board of Elections, county voters approved each of three school issues on the March 6 ballot:
• Thanks to a vote of 1,856 to 901, Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools 4.33-mill levy will remain in effect for the next five years.     
• In Genoa, a 1.35-mill levy was replaced and an increase of 0.25-mills was approved for permanent improvements in a close vote, 986 to 978. A recount may be necessary when the official results are tallied.
• Funding was approved for a new facility in the Woodmore Local School District. A 5.43-mill bond issue was passed for a new elementary/middle school building by a vote of 679 to 504. The levy will raise $15,709,840 to participate in the State of Ohio Exceptional Needs School Facilities Assistance Program. The issue all included a 0.5-mill levy for permanent improvements.

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