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Naturally, Democrats in Hamilton County were as shocked and disbelieving as Democrats anywhere else Tuesday night when Donald Trump won the White House, even though nearly all the indicators leading up to the election pointed to a Hillary Clinton victory.

It will take them some time to get over that; and some considerable time to figure out how they can fight back, as members of a party that doesn’t control either the executive or legislative branches of government – and are looking warily at what might happen to the judicial branch.

It's a tough pill to swallow.

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The jury in the Ray Tensing murder trial has not been able to reach a verdict. The judge accepted their statement and declared a mistrial.

The former University of Cincinnati police officer was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for the 2015 shooting death of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

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Update, 5:48 p.m.

Shortly after 5, jurors asked more questions, including what were the definitions of under arrest and resisting arrest.

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The jury in the Ray Tensing murder trial will continue deliberations at 8 o'clock Friday morning.

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Published reports say President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Cincinnati Mayor, Ohio Treasurer and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to lead his domestic transition team.

The Associated Press obtained an organizational chart for the transition team and reports former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who used to work for the FBI is leading national security planning. Joseph "Keith" Kellogg, a retired Army Lt. general, is heading defense planning. Blackwell will handle domestic issues.

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The local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations has watched Donald Trump's campaign with some trepidation.

CAIR executive director Karen Dabdoub says there's concern based on Trump's comments about deportations during the campaign.

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to consider a demolition permit sought by owners of the King Records building in Evanston.

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The fate of former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing is now in the hands of a Hamilton County Jury. Closing arguments concluded Wednesday morning in the trial of Tensing for the shooting death of motorist Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

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The final result of two very close Hamilton County races won't be known for about two weeks until nearly 13,000 provisional ballots are counted.

But the results from Tuesday night's unofficial vote count are unlikely to be reversed.

As the winners became clear last night WVXU's Jay Hanselman talked with WVXU's Politics reporter Howard Wilkinson:

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Democrat Aftab Pureval did something Tuesday night that seemed impossible for the past few generations of Democrats in Hamilton County – he defeated a Winkler in an election.

Issue 44, a large tax levy to infuse money into the Cincinnati Public  Schools and fund a preschool program for 6,000 three- and four-year-olds,  was supported by the vast majority of the school district's voters Tuesday.

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Democratic challenger Denise Driehaus barely edged out Republican incumbent Dennis Deters Tuesday night for a seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. 

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One of Northern Kentucky's long-standing political figures,  Joe Meyer, has ousted incumbent Sherry Carran as the mayor of Northern Kentucky's largest city.

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Ray Tensing took the stand in his own defense Tuesday. He's charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop.

Through tears, Tensing described how DuBose seemed "squirrely" and "nervous," making Tensing feel like "something wasn't right." He said the incident happened in a "split second."

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