The Latest: Trump tops Clinton in Ohio after tight race


The Latest on Ohio voting and election issues (all times local):

10:40 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has pulled out a victory in the presidential race in Ohio, a battleground state known for picking White House winners.

Trump’s victory Tuesday over Democrat Hillary Clinton followed a hard-fought contest marked by dozens of visits to the state by the candidates, their running mates and a host of surrogates.

Trump won the state’s 18 electoral votes despite Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY-sikz) refusal to endorse him after dropping out of the GOP presidential primaries.

Trump’s popularity in traditionally Democratic areas persisted even after release of a video in which he talked about groping women and kissing them without their permission. Clinton redoubled Ohio campaign efforts when the video’s release, but failed to gain enough urban support to overcome Trump’s lead.

A Clinton win nationally would mark the first time a Republican candidate has won Ohio without winning the White House.

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9:10 p.m.

Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he will be dedicated to getting things done by finding common ground, regardless of who controls the Senate and White House after the election results are known.

Portman handily won re-election over former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland on Tuesday. Portman praised his former southern Ohio congressional colleague for giving it his best in their campaign and for being gracious in defeat.

Portman says there is much to work on together. He says he stays away from “pointless partisan fights” or making unnecessary enemies. He says after the dust settles Wednesday morning, what continues is the “cause of America.”

In the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump was leading Democrat Hillary Clinton in Ohio with about a third of the vote counted.

8:55 p.m.

Exit polls in Ohio show Republican Donald Trump is doing well with men and white voters, while Democrat Hillary Clinton’s support is strong among women and minorities around the state.

Trump is doing better with those who say immigration is the biggest issue facing the country. Clinton is the choice among those who want someone in the White House with experience.

About two-thirds of the voters in Ohio say Clinton’s handling of classified emails while she was secretary of state is a concern, while slightly more are bothered by Trump’s treatment of women.

The exit polls conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Research show Ohio Republican Rob Portman retained his U.S. Senate seat by winning heavily among men, older voters and independents over Democrat Ted Strickland.

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8:45 p.m.

A Republican who took office in June to complete former GOP U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s (BAY’-nurz) term has won election to a full term in his Ohio congressional district.

Warren Davidson is an Army Ranger veteran and businessman. He won the Republican nomination to succeed Boehner in a 15-candidate primary in March, getting backing from conservative advocacy groups Club for Growth and FreedomWorks. He won a special election in June for the Republican-dominated seat Boehner held for nearly 25 years.

Ohio’s congressional delegation remains unchanged, with all 12 Republican and four Democratic incumbents winning re-election.

With incumbent-friendly districts, the most likely changes will come from primary challenges, retirements or incumbents seeking other offices.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan won election to an eighth term and is considered a potential statewide contender.

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8:20 p.m.

Ohio’s elections chief says voting in the swing state went smoothly and turnout was robust.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) told reporters Tuesday in Columbus that concerns over voter intimidation at the polls never materialized on Election Day. He thanked poll workers and voters for being “on their best behavior.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had called on supporters to watch for fraud at the polls. That stirred fears of minority voters being confronted and challenged by self-appointed poll watchers.

Husted said he believed such intimidation fears were exaggerated because there was no evidence that it was going to happen. He says Ohio was prepared for intimidation reports.

Ohioans cast ballots for the presidential election, a U.S. Senate race, congressional and state legislative races and local school issues.

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7:55 p.m.

Former Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland has conceded the U.S. Senate race to Republican incumbent Rob Portman.

Minutes after The Associated Press projected that Portman had won a second term, Strickland issued a statement saying he called Portman to congratulate him and wish him well.

Strickland says the result wasn’t what he hoped for, but he is grateful to have had the opportunity to speak out for hardworking Ohioans.

Portman plans to make a victory speech at 8:20 p.m.

They had served together in Congress, representing southern Ohio districts. Strickland was defeated for re-election as governor in 2010 by Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) as Portman handily won his first term.

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7:30 p.m.

Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.

Portman ran a savvy and well-funded campaign that kept Strickland on the defensive and kept Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a distance leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Portman’s campaign branded Strickland “Retread Ted” and highlighted Ohio’s economic struggles, which saw 350,000 jobs lost during Strickland’s governorship. Strickland blamed the Great Recession and said he had started the state’s recovery.

Portman didn’t campaign with Trump and withdrew his endorsement of him when a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments about kissing and groping women surfaced weeks ago.

Portman served in the administrations of Republican former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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7:10 p.m.

A central Ohio elections board says several polling locations have had power problems on Election Day, though voting wasn’t interrupted.

Spokesman Aaron Sellers of the Franklin County Board of Elections says voting continued on paper ballots at the sites in Columbus and Obetz. He says any voting issues were quickly resolved.

Sellers says additional paper ballots were delivered to precincts with heavy voter turnout.

Voter advocates manning an election protection hotline in Ohio say they’ve heard reports of “typical problems,” such as questions about provisional ballots, but no major issues.

Carrie Davis of the League of Women Voters of Ohio says hotline callers asked questions about what identification to bring to polls and where to vote. She says some callers also reported isolated complaints of intimidation that were quickly resolved.

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4:55 p.m.

Donald Trump is getting at least a little support in Parma, long known as a Democratic stronghold in suburban Cleveland.

Fifty-three-year-old Rose Noah says she’s been a registered Democrat for years but switched to the Republican side this year and voted for Trump on Tuesday. She explains her decision this way: “I’d rather pick crazy than a liar.”

Forty-five-year-old Katheryn Evitts says she also switched from Democrat to Republican and voted for Trump. She says she supported Hillary Clinton early on but felt like the Democratic candidate flat-lined and offered no new ideas.

Polls in Ohio close at 7:30 p.m., though anyone in line to vote at that point would still be allowed to cast a ballot.

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3:55 p.m.

An election official in southwest Ohio says a polling place lost power for over an hour but voting there wasn’t affected.

Warren County Board of Elections director Brian Sleeth says the Tuesday afternoon outage also affected the board’s office. He says backup generators were brought to each location in Lebanon, and the outage had minimal impact. He says voting continued and was “just a little darker than usual.”

Afternoon voters saw darker skies, too, as a line of rainfall stretching from Cincinnati to Cleveland moved across the state. Weather forecasts indicated possible rain across Ohio in the last few hours of voting.

Polls in Ohio close at 7:30 p.m. Voters are casting ballots for the presidential election, a U.S. Senate race, congressional and state legislative races and local school issues.

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1 p.m.

Two voters who both think Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would bring change to the country disagree on whether that would be good or bad.

A Columbus Republican who describes himself as a conservative said he voted for Trump on Tuesday as someone who could get things done. Carl Cray said he supports Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The 62-year-old retired newspaper press operator said change is needed in Washington.

Registered independent Michael Emmerich voted Tuesday in suburban Cleveland for Democrat Hillary Clinton. The 45-year-old commercial pilot said his vote was mostly against Trump because he prefers the status quo to the kind of change Trump would bring.

Emmerich said the Republican candidate is “completely unqualified” to lead the country.

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12:15 p.m.

The state’s elections office says Tuesday turnout appears to be robust across Ohio with relatively few problems.

Matthew McClellan, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted), said it’s too soon to say if turnout will break any records since the reporting so far is anecdotal.

McClellan says county election boards have troubleshooters lined up in case of any issues during the day.

Lines at several polling places around the state were long beginning first thing Tuesday.

Ohio voters were casting ballots in the presidential election, in a U.S. Senate race, in congressional and state legislative races and several local school issues.

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10:15 a.m.

Two Democrats in Columbus chose opposing presidential candidates when they cast their votes Tuesday.

Democrat Joseph Baljak crossed party lines to vote for Republican Donald Trump. Joseph Baljak owns a small construction company and said he voted for Trump because of his business background. The 61-year-old Baljak said the country needs a president who will focus on doing the job and not on politics. He said the country needs a change.

Sixty-eight-year-old Jessica Porterfield voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. She called the long campaign “a nightmare” and worried about what would happen if Trump didn’t win. She said she was concerned about possible riots if Trump lost.

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9:15 a.m.

A registered Democrat in suburban Cleveland who cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton said he is worried about unrest in the country.

Sixty-two-year-old Patrick McMillion cast his ballot Tuesday in Euclid, where morning voting was reported steady. The retired engineer says he thinks people are looking for an answer to issues facing the country, but don’t where to look.

McMillion said he chose Clinton because he thinks she has better ideas about how to create jobs. But he said he also considered Republican Donald Trump before deciding on the Democratic candidate. He says he thinks she will win the presidential race, but it won’t be a landslide victory.

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7:15 a.m.

Polls are open in Ohio as voters cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election and the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats among other contests.

Ohio election sites opened at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday with some long lines reported in areas including Cincinnati and Cleveland. Polls in the battleground state close at 7:30 p.m.

Election officials in Cuyahoga County are taking precautions to deal with any problems that might occur at polling places.

County Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald said Monday he’s been in contact with officials from the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has asked the county sheriff’s office to reactivate a special response team created for July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

McDonald says local police departments are also prepared to respond if needed.

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1:00 a.m.

The day Ohio residents and voters across the U.S. cast final ballots in one of the most unusual, contentious, colorful and crazy presidential elections in recent memory is here.

As usual, the battleground state has been in the spotlight.

The state attracted dozens of visits by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump or their surrogates. That included stops by Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump family members, Democratic former President Bill Clinton and celebrities including Sally Field and Jay Z.

Ohio also delivered a primary victory to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and saw Cleveland host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland was among the most expensive Senate contests of the year.

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