Voters pass sin tax; other key races broken down

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County voters have followed the advice of most of the political, business, civic and union leaders passing Issue 7, the 20-year sin tax renewal on alcohol and cigarettes to pay for lease-required repairs on sports facilities owned by the public.

A last-minute ad push funded partly by the tobacco and liquor industry scared Issue 7 backers, but it appears most voters see this as a doable if imperfect solution.

Opponents argued that the public deserved a better deal and tax dollars should not be used to help big-money pro sports teams and wealthy owners make more money.

Democrat Ed FitzGerald won the primary for the race to be Ohio's next governor. He squares off against Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Armond Budish won a landslide victory in a field of five Democratic challengers in the race for Cuyahoga County executive. He had the big campaign coffers, key officeholder endorsements and backing of the Democratic party, which gave him an overwhelming win.

He will likely face a stiffer test from Republican County Council member Jack Schron and his strong business, military and civic record.

Rookie 14th District Republican Congressman David Joyce withstood a stiff challenge from Tea Party-backed Matt Lynch.

Lynch tried to paint Joyce as not truly conservative.

Joyce got lots of help from a mainstream Republican group headed by the man he succeeded, Congressman Steve LaTourette.

He will face Democratic lawyer Michael Wager in November.


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