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Election 2022 recap: JD Vance defeats Tim Ryan in Ohio US Senate race; Gov. Mike DeWine reelected

Former Trump aide Max Miller and State Rep. Emilia Sykes were elected to the US House, while Marcy Kaptur, Dave Joyce, and Shontel Brown were among those reelected.

CLEVELAND — It's here!

Ohio's Nov. 8 election officially arrived -- and we tracked a number of big races on the midterm ballot. From the U.S. Senate race between Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance to the governor battle between Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley, there's a lot of national interest in the outcome of the election here in Ohio.

So happened at the polls? Explore the story below to see time-stamped updates throughout Election Day, which will also include results as they come in. Be sure to refresh this story often as the most-recent information will appear at the top.

Wednesday 12:52 a.m. Several Northeast Ohio issues were decided by voters on Tuesday. Voters in East Cleveland defeated a referendum calling for the removal of Mayor Brandon L. King, while in Akron, a charter amendment for a citizens police oversight board was passed. We have a rundown here.

Wednesday 12:30 a.m. We have put together a list of school levy and bond issues that were on the ballot in Northeast Ohio. Did your community levy pass? Find out by clicking here.

Wednesday 12:05 a.m. As we start to wind down Election 2022, both of Ohio's statewide issues have passed. Issue 1 mandates that judges in Ohio must 'consider public safety' when setting bail for defendants. The passing of Issue 2 means no city or town in Ohio will be able to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections.  

11:47 p.m. In the race for Ohio's 13th Congressional District, Democratic state Rep. Emilia Sykes, an Akron resident and former Ohio House minority leader, has defeated GOP nominee Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a former Miss Ohio USA.

11:40 p.m. Ohio's next U.S. Senator, JD Vance, is addressing supporters after his victory over Tim Ryan.

11:25 p.m. Rep. Tim Ryan has walked up on stage in Boardman to address his supporters after coming up short against JD Vance in the race for the U.S. Senate in Ohio.

11:20 p.m. Chris Ronayne, the former president of University Circle Inc., has defeated former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Lee Weingart, to become the next Cuyahoga County Executive. Ronayne will succeed the retiring Armond Budish. He spoke with 3News' Bri Buckley after his victory.

11:15 p.m. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur has won her reelection bid in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, defeating Trump-backed GOP challenger J.R. Majewski. 

10:54 p.m. NBC News projects that Republican JD Vance has defeated Rep. Tim Ryan to become Ohio's next U.S. Senator, succeeding the retiring Sen. Rob Portman. Vance, a venture capitalist and best-selling "Hillbilly Elegy" author, was backed by former President Donald Trump in the race against the longtime Democratic congressman. 

10:20 p.m. We're moving towards the halfway point of precincts reporting in Cuyahoga County. With 44% in, here are a couple of races/issues of note:

Cuyahoga County Executive: Chris Ronayne leads Lee Weingart by a count of 156,676 to 81,960, roughly a 66% to 34% edge.

Former Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, who was defeated in last year's mayoral race, is leading Wanda Jones in the race for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge. Kelley holds a 57%-43% advantage.

Much like State Issues 1 and 2, county issues 5 and 6 are being favored for passage by wide margins. Issue 5 is a levy for the Cleveland Metroparks and Issue 6 is a levy for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. 

10:02 p.m. JD Vance continues to hold the lead over Rep. Tim Ryan in the race to replace Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate. Vance has tallied just over 1.6 million votes to Ryan's 1.4 million. 

9:55 p.m. Rep. Jim Jordan has won reelection in Ohio's 4th Congressional District. Should the Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, Jordan would ascend to the powerful position of House Judiciary Chairman. He may also be a contender to succeed Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. 

9:43 p.m. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley is giving her concession speech in Dayton.

9:26 p.m. The Associated Press projects that Max Miller will be the winner of Ohio's 7th Congressional District, defeating Matthew Diemer. 

The AP also projects incumbent candidates Rep. Shontel Brown, Rep. Troy Balderson, Rep. Dave Joyce, Rep. Bill Johnson, and Rep. Bob Latta will all win their respective races.  

9:15 p.m. Here are some race updates:

U.S. Senate: JD Vance has his first lead of the night over Tim Ryan. The GOP nominee has 972,207 votes to Ryan's 968,222.

U.S. House: 

In District 7: Matthew Diemer (D) 71,459 leads Max Miller (R) 68,075

In District 9, Marcy Kaptur (D) 86,786 leads J.R. Majewski (R) 59,540

In District 13: Emila Sykes (D) 60,303 leads Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (R)    33,404

Cuyahoga County Executive: Chris Ronyane (D) 113,481 leads Lee Weingart (R) 53,165

9:10 p.m. Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted are addressing supporters in Columbus after their reelection victory. The race was just called for DeWine/Husted by the Associated Press. 

8:20 p.m. In the battle to replace the retiring Armond Budish as Cuyahoga County Executive, Chris Ronayne is out to a sizable lead over Lee Weingart. Ronyane has tallied over 80,000 votes thus far, to Weingart's 37,000. 3News' Bri Buckley is at Ronayne's watch party.

8:00 p.m. Results are starting to come in from both the state of Ohio and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Tim Ryan has 447,778 votes to 316,608 for JD Vance. 

Checking on some key congressional races: In District 7, Democrat Matthew Diemer (37,539 votes) leads former Trump aide Max Miller (24,908 votes).

In District 10, incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur holds a lead over GOP candidate J.R. Majewski by a 16,210 to 10,865 count. 

And in District 13, Democrat Emilia Sykes is leading Madison Gesiotto Gilbert by a margin of 15,460 to 11,361.

7:33 p.m. The polls have closed. We appear to already have one of Ohio's biggest races decided. NBC News is reporting that Mike DeWine has been reelected as governor.

Also, make sure you are watching 3News' continuing coverage of the 2022 Midterm Elections. Christi Paul and Stephanie Haney are anchoring our digital show from now until 9:30 p.m. tonight. 

6:45 p.m. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reports that so far, there has been a 44% voter turnout for the 2022 Election. The city of Cleveland has seen a 29% turnout. 

According to BOE director Tony Perlotti, we should expect to see the first results posted at 8 p.m. this evening. Those results will cover early in-person voting and vote-by-mail ballots. The next results will probably not come until 9 p.m.

6:35 p.m. Mark Naymik, managing editor at Signal Cleveland, will be serving as our 3News political analyst throughout the evening. He joined Russ Mitchell for an election night preview.

6:28 p.m. We are about an hour away from the polls closing in Northeast Ohio. During 3News at 6 p.m., we checked in with our Lynna Lai and Lydia Esparra. Lynna is in Columbus, where many of the GOP candidates, including Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Senate hopeful JD Vance are stationed. Meanwhile, Lydia is out in Boardman at the campaign site of Vance's opponent, Rep. Tim Ryan.

5:45 p.m. While we focus most of our attention on what happens in Ohio tonight, NBC's Alice Barr takes a look at the midterm elections from a national perspective. 

5:06 p.m. Polls remain open for more than two more hours! 3News' Isabel Lawrence and Marisa Saenz have updates from polling locations as well as the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections:

Meanwhile, NBC's Chuck Todd gave us his thoughts on the biggest races in Ohio:

11:39 a.m. Voters in Cuyahoga County can expect to see the first results come in around 8 p.m. -- but the full results will take some time.

“We will not finish processing the results until after midnight," said Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Tony Perlatti. "That’s just because of us doing our due diligence to make sure everything is accounted for. We have 975 precincts, so we’re making sure that we’re accounting for all of those and for all the types of voting for each of those precincts.”

11:34 a.m. “It has been a continuous flow of voters throughout the day – and we anticipate that to continue on," said Tony Perlatti, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. "It will only build as we go on throughout the day."

The busiest time at the polls? Perlatti said that typically happens from 4 p.m. until the polls close at 7:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is holding a press conference to give an update on today's voting. You can watch their press conference in the player below:

10:38 a.m. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections announces a press conference for 11:30 a.m. We will stream it live inside this story. 

Topics will include:

  • Ballot stubs and ballot scanning
  • Voting location changes
  • The effects of multi-page ballots on Election Day voting

10:05 a.m. "Ohioans know they can trust their elections" -- watch our one-on-one interview with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose:

10:04 a.m. U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance shares his first tweet of the day: "So grateful to every person in Ohio for giving me the chance to do this. Now go vote!"

9:19 a.m. Did you vote today? We want to see your "I voted" sticker. Here's how you can send us your pictures.

8:30 a.m. Some helpful tools from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections:

8 a.m. "No matter what, we've already made history with this campaign." That's the message tweeted by Nan Whaley as she faces Gov. Mike DeWine in a race to be Ohio's next governor.

RELATED: The race for Ohio Governor: Here's what you need to know about candidates Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley

7:19 a.m. U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan tweets: "Let's win this race, Ohio."

7:09 a.m. Gov. Mike DeWine -- who is running for re-election on today's ballot -- said he and his grandson were "out greeting voters in Grove City."

7 a.m. The polls have now been open for 30 minutes. Have you cast your ballot yet?

6:46 a.m. A reminder from the Ohio Secretary of State:

6:38 a.m. Tell us about your experience at the polls! Did you encounter long lines or any problems? Here's how you can let us know...

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6:32 a.m. Here's a look at the national impact of today's midterm election.

6:30 a.m. The polls are now open! You have until 7:30 p.m. to cast your ballot.

6:05 a.m. 3News' Lynna Lai takes a closer look at some of the issues on today's ballot:

6:03 a.m. 3News' Austin Love explains security concerning your ballot:

6 a.m. Just 30 minutes until the polls open throughout Ohio.

5:54 a.m. How Northeast Ohio LGBTQ advocates are stressing the importance of today's election:

5:38 a.m. 3News' Maureen Kyle and Dave Chudowsky outline some special perks throughout Northeast Ohio on this Election Day:

5:30 a.m. Just one hour until the polls open.

5 a.m. Watch our team coverage with everything you need to know about Election Day in Northeast Ohio:

4:30 a.m. If you're planning to vote in today's election, polls open throughout Ohio in just two hours.

RELATED: Ohio Senate Race: Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance host weekend rallies ahead of Tuesday election

4:15 a.m. What do you need to know about the statewide issues in Ohio before you cast your ballot?

4 a.m. Where is your polling place? What's on the ballot? How can you watch for results? We break it all down for you with our election day voter guide HERE.

RELATED: VOTER GUIDE | November 8 general election in Ohio: See what's on the ballot and how to find your polling place

3:45 a.m. If you voted by mail, here's how you can track the status of your absentee ballot.

3:30 a.m. Let the countdown begin! Polls open throughout Ohio in just three hours.

12:01 a.m. Election day has officially arrived! The polls open for in-person voting at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. 3News will feature extensive election coverage all day long.

RELATED: Here's why the 2022 midterm elections are so high-stakes

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