Election Day ends another cycle in the spotlight for Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.