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"No Campaigning Beyond This Point," a sign from the 2008 election in Ohio. On Tuesday, November 4th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues. The state offices up for grabs include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and seats on the state school board and the state Supreme Court.In the Miami Valley, three Republican U.S. Congressmen are facing challenges: John Boehner in the 8th, Mike Turner in the 10th and Steve Chabot in the 1st U.S. district.One state senate election is contested in the area—Republican Bill Beagle, of the 5th district, is defending his seat against Democratic Tipp City councilwoman Dee Gillis.Finally, there are nearly a dozen Ohio house races in the area (see the district map here and the list of candidates here) and we’re following the races for Montgomery County Commission and county auditor.The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a new tax levy for the Greene County Public Library, a Montgomery County human services levy, an income tax levy for Huber Heights, a parks levy in Beavercreek and an income tax increase in Piqua. Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.WYSO’s election night coverage will be a stream from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the U.S. Senate races. Our local and state coverage will include an interruption at 10 p.m. to check in with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s hour of results and analysis in the statewide races, including Governor John Kasich’s incumbency.We’ll be updating results online Nov. 4 and 5, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:Butler County: http://results.butlercountyelections.org/Champaign County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/champaign/elecres.htmClark County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clark/elecres.htmClinton County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clinton/ (click “Election Results” on left)Greene County: http://www.co.greene.oh.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=52Miami County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/miami/elecres.htmMontgomery County: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/election_results.htmlPreble County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/preble/elecres.htmWarren County: http://www.warrencountyboe.us/election_reports/search/votingresults/voting_results_publish.asp The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

Ohio Tea Party Convention Highlights 2014 Elections, Split With GOP

Tea Party activists are being told they have a lot of opportunity in next year’s elections, as they continue to oppose Republicans on several issues. But they also are being told they have a lot of work to do.

The Tea Party’s annual statewide We The People Convention was a sellout. More than 300 activists gathered in a ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center to talk about religion in politics, the economy, a Constitutional amendment for a federal balanced budget, Medicaid expansion and a preview of next year’s statewide ballot.

Former Republican state Rep. Bryan Williams, who’s now on the state Board of Education, offered some perspective on the statewide races.  Of the race for Governor, Williams said, "Even Democrats quietly say we don’t have a candidate yet.”

Of the race for Auditor, with incumbent Republican Dave Yost being challenged by Rep. John Carney, Williams said, “If there is a rising star in the Democratic Party, this is probably who they’re pinning their hopes on.”

And former Republican state Rep. Seth Morgan said Tea Party activists are already hoping to field candidates to run against more than a dozen House Republicans, though he won’t name those lawmakers.

“I don’t think it’s wise for us to stand up and say, we’ve got these 15 individuals targeted,” said Morgan.

But Tea Party leader Chris Littleton said the data shows that local primaries are winnable by a few thousand votes.

“Guys, these are bite-sized races. If you guys want to take them on, you can absolutely win these with just a handful of volunteers.”

And the executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, Tom Zawistowki, disputes reports that activists are having trouble finding candidates to run in those races. Perhaps the most interesting prediction for 2014 – and the most visible evidence of a split between Tea Partiers and Republicans – came when Zawistowski asked this of the crowd.

“How many in this room are going to vote for John Kasich for governor? One, two, three. How many in this room are going to work for John Kasich in this coming election? One.”

That one was Republican Rep. John Becker of Cincinnati, one of about five lawmakers who stopped by the Tea Party gathering. Becker recently proposed legislation to roll back Medicaid to federal minimums, to expand the number of places where guns can legally be carried and to cut by half the number of days for early voting in Ohio. And he did note that was the lone person who appears to publicly back Kasich.

“Well, you know, there’s probably more people in this room who’s willing to stand up for Kasich, but who wants to be standing alone in a crowd? Well, I’ve done it before, and I did it again today,” said Becker of his support for the governor.

Zawistowski says though the Tea Party is angry with Kasich over Medicaid expansion and overall state spending, it doesn’t have the millions needed to put up a candidate against Kasich and Democratic contender Ed FitzGerald. But he says activists are looking at Libertarian Charlie Earl. And Zawistowski says if his supporters desert Kasich and FitzGerald is elected, they’re comfortable that the Democrat wouldn’t have enough support in the legislature to make big changes.