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Exclusive: Live coverage: August 3, 2021 Ohio special election primaries

 Exclusive: Live coverage: August 3, 2021 Ohio special election primaries

Polls close at 7:30 PM ET in the Buckeye State, where voters will select candidates for the Nov. 2 general election in the 11th and 15th Congressional Districts. The Democratic primary in the 11th District and the Republican primary in the 15th District are the main events, and we’ll be live-blogging the results. You can check out a preview of those contests here.

Washington will also be holding top-two primary contests for mayor of Seattle and King County executive; the polls close at 11 PM ET/ 8 PM local time.

Results: OH-11 | OH-15 | Washington

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021 · 11:37:46 PM +00:00 · David Beard

Welcome to tonight’s liveblog! Polls have closed in the Ohio 11th and 15th special Congressional primaries. Turnout for the OH-11 primary has already surpassed 78,000 votes, which is more than the 2020 primary vote total for this seat.

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021 · 11:50:27 PM +00:00 · David Beard

With just over 20k votes tallied in the 11th district Democratic primary, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown is leading former state Sen. Nina Turner by 56%-36%.

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021 · 11:56:05 PM +00:00 · David Beard

Over in the 15th district Republican primary, Tump-backed coal company lobbyist Mike Carey has an early lead with 36% of the vote, followed by State Rep. Jeff LaRe with 18% and State Sen. Bob Peterson with 15%. Only about 5,000 votes have been tallied there, though, so it’s still very early.

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 12:07:35 AM +00:00 · David Beard

With 27,000 votes now counted, Brown’s lead over Turner has narrowed slightly to 53%-40%. These are still overwhelmingly early and mail-in votes, with only 5 precincts reporting so far. 

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 12:15:13 AM +00:00 · David Beard

It’s still early, but there’s a significant difference between mail-in votes and early votes so far: 

Cuyahoga Co. adds 5,600 in-person votes, & Nina Turner won them by 11+%. (Contrasts to Shontel Brown’s 21% lead among the 22K mail-in ballots counted there.) #OH11 [Correcting the number in my previous tweet.]

— Taniel (@Taniel) August 4, 2021

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 12:38:07 AM +00:00 · David Beard

Results have slowed as Election Day results start to trickle in, but Brown continues to lead 53%-40% in OH-11 and Carey continues to comfortably lead with 36% of the vote and no one particularly close to him in OH-15.

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 12:51:43 AM +00:00 · David Beard

State Rep. Allison Russo has easily won the Democratic nomination in the OH-15 race. The 56-42 Trump seat will be strongly favored for the eventual GOP nominee but stranger things have happened.

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 12:53:55 AM +00:00 · David Beard

As more votes have come in, Brown’s lead has continued to slowly narrow. With 33,000 votes counted, the lead over Turner is now 52%-42%. There are at least 45,000 more votes to count in the race, so the outcome is still very much in doubt.

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 · 1:04:44 AM +00:00 · David Beard

The AP has called the OH-15 GOP primary for Trump-backed coal company lobbyist Mike Carey, who will face State Rep. Allison Russo in the general election on Nov. 2nd.

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