By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Republicans hoped to keep or even extend their dominance of the House and Senate on Tuesday while Democrats looked to regain additional seats.
Republicans hold a 62-37 edge in the House, where all 99 seats were up for grabs, and a 22-11 majority in the Senate, where half the seats were being contested.
Early Wednesday, GOP incumbents were re-elected to 33 seats in House races with reported winners, while Republican candidates took two open seats formerly held by GOP lawmakers.
Democrats picked up at least one seat, with Willowick Mayor Lorraine Fende's win in the district of Rep. Jamie Callender, a Republican who stepped down because of term limits.
In early, unofficial returns, Republicans had the edge in most area state legislative races.
Republican incumbent Shawn Webster, 54, R-Hanover Township, defeated Scott Siebel, 22, D-Oxford, for the District 53 seat with 32,213 votes to 16,604 votes with 100 percent of 103 precincts reporting.
In District 55, Bill Coley, 44, R-West Chester Township, easily got by Tyrone Sims, 36, D-West Chester Township, with 36,809 votes to 15,589 votes with all 93 precincts reporting.
Democrat Tyrone Yates bucked the GOP trend. Yates, 50, of East Walnut Hills, was the projected winner over Republican Tom Jones to retain his District 33 House seat. Yates was leading 70 percent to 30 percent with 55 percent of 128 precincts tallied.
In state Senate races, Republican Gary Cates was the winner in District 4, while fellow GOP members Patricia Clancy and Tom Niehaus held big leads in District 8 and District 14, respectively, early Wednesday.
Cates, 48, of West Chester Township, defeated Democrat Melvin Smith, 49, of Hanover Township, with 95,856 votes to 49,914 votes with all 289 precincts reporting.
Clancy, 54, R-Colerain Township, was leading over Democrat Jeannette Harrison, 63, of Springfield Township, 66 percent to 34 percent with 157 of 412 precincts reporting.
And Niehaus, 53, R-New Richmond, was ahead of Paul Schwietering, 45, D-Union Township in Clermont County, 66 percent to 34 percent with 324 of 409 precincts reporting.
District 28 incumbent Republican Jim Raussen, 33, Springdale, was leading Democrat Wayne Coates, 56, Forest Park, 58 percent to 42 percent with 39 percent of 139 precincts counted.
Danny Bubp, 50, R-West Union, also was ahead of Democrat Cy Richardson, 63, Monroe Township, in the District 88 House race. With 116 of 129 precincts reporting, Bubp led 62 percent to 38 percent.
OHIO ELECTION RESULTS:
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Voters repeal amendment on gay rights
Ohio Supreme Court: GOP's justices appear to be buttressing majority
Voinovich has no trouble winning 2nd Senate term
Sycamore levy passes; four others fail
Kerry effort falls short in Ohio
Ohio Republicans aim to maintain grip in House, Senate
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Ohio Issue 1 passes
Turnout heavy in suburbs
MU students hit the polls
HAMILTON CO. RACES
Cincinnati school levy passes
Hospital tax leading despite opposition
CLERMONT CO. RACES
Clermont County: Republicans remain choice in early count
Clermont County tax issues: Long lines delay counting
BUTLER CO. RACES
Fairfield levy passes
Butler commission: All incumbents being returned
Butler levies: Support strong for health, social care funding
Butler County Sheriff: Jones likely successor to Gabbard
WARREN CO. RACES
Heavy turnout, long lines delay vote count
Kings levy passes by slim margin
Indiana governor: Daniels prevails after tough, costly slugfest
Ballot misprint may affect Ind. school board race
KENTUCKY ELECTION RESULTS:
Alexandria: Voters stick with City Council's six incumbents
Bellevue City Council: Two incumbents losing seats with 4 of 5 precincts counted
Covington: Sanders and Stricker joining City Commission
Campbell County: Ward holds on to retain seat on Circuit Court
Florence City Council: One newcomer, five incumbents win seats
Independence: Four who opposed insurance tax win
Newport: Mayor, all four on council will be keeping their seats
Suburban schools: Campbell, other area boards get fresh faces
Villa Hills, Taylor Mill: Taxes to fix, replace city streets rejected
Urban schools: Newcomer ousts incumbent, snags Newport board seat
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Popular president dominates Kentucky
Ky. Senate: Bunning wins - but race was close
Ky. House: This time around, Davis prevails
Issue One: Kentucky overwhelmingly says yes to no-gay-marriage
State's determined voters brave long lines, waits, rain
23rd Senate District: Westwood survives challenge by Groob
Ex-Gov. Carroll wins Frankfort seat
State Senate: Republican Thayer wins a full term in new seat
67th House District: Keene's win preserves spot for Democrats
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