The Latest: Tight Ohio high court race could trigger recount


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio voting and election issues (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A race that could seat a second Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court remains too close to call.

Republican Pat Fischer, a judge on the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, was leading Democrat John P. O’Donnell, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge, by less than a percentage point in final unofficial results.

The secretary of state’s office reports roughly 158,000 provisional ballots have yet to be counted and some 103,000 absentee ballots are outstanding. That’s more than the 24,000 vote gap between the candidates.

Final results within half a percentage point would trigger an automatic recount.

Republican Pat DeWine, son of the state attorney general, captured the court’s second open seat.

Two of six Republicans on the 7-member court reached mandatory age limits and must retire.

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10:20 a.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is congratulating Republican President-elect Donald Trump on his victory.

Kasich on Wednesday morning tweeted, “The American people have spoken and it’s time to come together. Congratulations President-elect @realDonaldTrump.”

The Republican governor declined to endorse or vote for the New York billionaire and boycotted the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Kasich cast a symbolic write-in presidential vote for Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain, GOP’s 2008 nominee. The governor also focused his efforts on helping elect down-ticket GOP candidates.

Kasich, who unsuccessfully ran against Trump in their party’s primary, plans to speak Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. He’s expected to share his ideas for moving the Republican Party forward.

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3:20 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump clinched his victory in Ohio on Tuesday with support from all parts of the battleground state.

Trump’s support topped 60 percent in 67 of Ohio’s counties, and he defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in some areas Democrats traditionally count on.

Clinton won only seven of the state’s 88 counties, with her support strongest in the urban areas of Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus. She prevailed in blue-collar Mahoning County by less than 3,400 votes and lost neighboring Trumbull, Portage and Stark.

Republican Rob Portman’s victory for U.S. Senate was decisive. He beat Democratic challenger Ted Strickland by more than 20 percentage points statewide amid strong voter turnout.

Earlier fears of voter intimidation never materialized and the day went smoothly.

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