Ohio Gov. John Kasich was projected to win Ohio’s Republican presidential primary and its 66 delegates on Tuesday, although Donald Trump was the winner among Highland County Republicans.
On the Democratic Party side, Hillary Clinton was the winner statewide, as well as in Highland County, over rival Bernie Sanders. Clinton was projected to win at least two additional states.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered polls in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties to remain open until 8:30 p.m. because of a traffic problem in the region. Polls had been scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m.
Presidential primary candidates were doing battle in key battleground states. In addition to Ohio, voters went to the polls in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. Ohio and Florida were winner-take-all states on the GOP side.
While Kasich celebrated a home state win, Trump countered with a landslide win in Florida, taking all 99 delegates there over home-state Sen. Marco Rubio. Trump’s decisive win led to Rubio announcing he was suspending his campaign.
In addition to Florida, Trump was projected to win Illinois and North Carolina. Only Missouri was outstanding, with Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a tight race.
Trump was also the favorite among Highland County GOP voters. In Highland County, Republican voters had Trump in the lead, with 3,831 votes for Trump and 2,425 for Kasich.
Democratic primary voters in Highland County cast 1,119 votes for Clinton, 873 for Sanders.
Along with the presidential race, primary voters were deciding nominating contests for U.S. Senate and 2nd District representative to Congress.
Ohio Republican and Democratic voters also set up a fall race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland, the former governor.
In the Republican Senate race Portman was leading challenger Don Eckhart among Highland County voters, 5,805 votes to 1,138. On the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senate, Strickland was leading over P.J. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather, with votes of 1,492 for Strickland, 230 for Sittenfeld and 223 for Prather.
Incumbent 2nd District Congressman Brad Wenstrup was leading challenger Jim Lewis in the GOP primary in Highland County, 5,834 to 1,161.
On the Democratic side, Williams Smith had garnered 682 votes to 473 for Russ Hurley and 340 for Ronny Richards in the Democratic primary for Congress.