Decision 2018: Election results from around central Ohio

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Two of Ohio's winningest politicians did it again Tuesday, as Republican Mike DeWine won the governorship and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won a third term in what was an otherwise third consecutive strong statewide election for Republicans.

Brown, first elected to an Ohio office in 1974, defeated fourth-term U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci. DeWine, who began winning elections later in the 1970s, turned back Democrat Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's appointee as federal consumer protection chief.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office says more than 1.3 million people voted ahead of Tuesday's election, far outpacing the number of votes cast early statewide four years ago. Officials say that through Monday, nearly 885,000 absentee ballots had been received by mail statewide and that 430,000 people voted early in person. That compares with around 719,000 people mailing in ballots in 2014 and 146,000 people voting early in person, for a total of about 865,000. Around 8 million Ohioans are registered to vote.

In central Ohio's 12th district, Republican Troy Balderson won his rematch with Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor after becoming congressman after an August special election.

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