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Polls Open For Primary Election Day

Steve Brown, WOSU News
Ohio and Florida are viewed as the biggest prizes among today's presidential primaries.

Months of campaigning come to a head Tuesday as Ohioans choose the nominees for President and dozens of other races.

The last few days brought a blitz of campaign rallies in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich made several stops around the state, including a Monday night rally in Westerville with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

This week also brought appearances by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.

Ohioans today will also choose former Gov. Ted Strickland, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, or Kelli Prather to be the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate race. The winner will likely face incumbent Republican Rob Portman, who is expected to easily beat Don Eckhart in the GOP primary.

All 16 members of Ohio's congressional delegation are also on the ballot this year, but there are no primaries in six districts.

Republican Reps. Bob Latta of Bowling Green and Bill Johnson of Marietta are running uncontested with no Democratic opponents this fall.

Contests with three Republican incumbents – Brad Wenstrup of Cincinnati, Bob Gibbs of Ashland and David Joyce of Painesville – are among the five Republican primaries for Congress. All three face challenge from the right by Tea Party-backed candididates.

There's also a  15-Republican contest in the district formerly represented by former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

There are eight Democratic primaries on the ballot, including one involving incumbent Tim Ryan of Warren.

The entire Ohio House of Representatives is on the ballot this year, but there are no primaries in 63 of the 99 races. In 14 of those races, the winners will win the November election because they have no opponents.

There are 16 Republican primaries, six of which involve incumbents, and 20 Democratic primaries, which also involve six incumbents.

In the Ohio Senate, there are no primaries in nine districts, with Republicans Sens. Troy Balderson of Zanesville and Dave Burke of Marysville running uncontested with no Democratic opponent this fall.  There are Republican and Democratic primaries in two districts, and Republican primaries only in six districts.