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11/9/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Bob Latta will head back to Congress. The Republican from northwest Ohio took 70 percent of the vote in this reelection bid. More than 230,000 votes in the district went to Latta, compared to around 95,000 for challenger James Neu.

Latta represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes Hancock, Wyandot, Hardin, Putnam, Henry, Wood and all or part of eight other northwestern Ohio counties.

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11/9/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Voters in Ohio’s 83rd House District got behind incumbent Robert Sprague in a big way. The Findlay Republican earned 75 percent of the ballots cast during Tuesday’s election. More than 34,000 votes went to Sprague, while a little more than 11,000 votes were cast for challenger Mary Harshfield.

From a percentage standpoint, Sprague did the best in northern Logan County. He took 79 percent of the vote there. Sprague drew 75 percent of the ballots in Hancock and Hardin counties.

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11/9/16 – 12:56 A.M.

The presidential election drew registered voters to the polls in Hancock County. The board of elections reports 71 percent of the county’s more than 50,500 registered voters cast ballots. By percentage, turnout was higher than the last two presidential elections.

In 2012, around 64 percent of registered voters went to the polls. In 2008, 67 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

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11/9/16 – 12:41 A.M.

There were three contested races in Putnam County Tuesday. In a three-way race for Putnam County Commissioner, voters elected Michael Lammers. Lammers took 58 percent of the ballots cast in the race against Tony Wobler and John Welty.

The next Putnam County Sheriff will be Brian Siefker. He took 75 percent of the ballots cast in the county in a race against Dennis Cupp.

The race for an open Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge seat was a little closer. Keith Schierloh took 56 percent of the votes cast in his race against Todd Schroeder.

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11/9/16 – 12:33 A.M.

Arlington voters showed support for keeping the village’s pool running. 67 percent of residents in the village voted in favor of a levy for 2 mills for five years. Village council members have said the money will help make needed repairs to the swimming pool to keep it operating.

Some of the money from the levy will fund continued upkeep of the ballfields and tennis courts.

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11/8/16 – 11:47 P.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek won reelection Tuesday. 61 percent of Hancock County voters cast ballots in Gazarek’s favor. He talked about the issues he thought helped push him through…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek added he felt the vote was a referendum on flood mitigation. He said he believes it means people want to see the issue pushed past the finish line.

Gazarek also said his opponent William Bateson ran a strong race.

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11/8/16 – 10:12 A.M.

Hancock Public Health is consolidating all its services into one office at the end of this week. A release from the agency says all operations are moving to 7748 County Road 140. It’s the former location for the Hancock County Health Department, and is on the west side of the old county home.

To help with the move, both Hancock Public Health Offices are closing at 1 p.m. Thursday. They’ll be closed all day Friday, and will reopen on Monday with all services at the County Road 140 office.

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