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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Friday morning with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about Saturday's Kentucky Republican presidential caucus and how it will work. 

If you need to locate your polling place for the caucus, you can find it at the Kentucky Republican Party's website. 

The election of a county recorder is not unimportant  – it is – but elections for Hamilton County Recorder are generally sleepy affairs, with the candidates involved largely ignoring each other as they try to build name recognition.

Not this year. At least not on the Republican side.

The contest for the GOP is between two well-known Republicans, one looking to return to elected office, the other looking to stay in public office.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about tomorrow's Super Tuesday primaries and whether or not Ohio Gov. John Kasich has any chance of making progress in his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination. 

  It’s really hard to deny now that, believe it or not, Donald Trump may be unstoppable in his march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, one of the five GOP contenders still standing, doesn’t think so, but it is really very hard to see the narrow path Kasich will have to trod to supplant Trump when the Republicans meet in Cleveland in July for their presidential nominating convention.

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As the strangest presidential primary race in recent memory continues and we head into Super Tuesday, Political Junkie Ken Rudin and WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the latest news in the Republican and Democratic contests.

Former Democratic governor Ted Strickland and Republican incumbent Rob Portman are in a virtual tie for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The same poll shows that Ohio Gov. John Kasich, if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee, would easily defeat either former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Ohio, a crucial swing state in this fall’s presidential election.

  John Kasich - who was re-elected as Ohio's governor  in 2014 with 64 percent of the vote - is trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump by five percentage points among likely Ohio GOP primary voters, according to a poll released Tuesday morning by Quinnipiac University. 

The Quinnipiac Poll had Trump with 31 percent support among Ohio Republicans, compared to 26 percent for Kasich. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's fifth place finish in South Carolina. Kasich is staying in the race, but he must start winning state primaries, Wilkinson said.

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  For their book, “Running for Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to PoliticsJennifer Lawless and Richard Fox asked more than 4,000 young Americans if they were interested in running for office one day. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said no. So what drives someone to run for political office at a time in their life when most of their peers are focusing their time and energy on building their careers and starting families?

Wednesday marks the first of 27 days of early voting before Ohio's March 15th primary election.

Ohio's 88 county boards of elections can begin mailing out absentee ballots to those who have applied for them; and voters can cast ballots at specific times at board of election offices.

Because this is a presidential primary election for both Republicans and Democrats, election officials like Sherry Poland, Hamilton County's elections director, are preparing for large numbers of early voters.

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