CELINA — The campaign by Celina’s Keith Faber to become Ohio’s next auditor proved to be a winning one.
Faber, a former state Senate president and current state representative, appeared to be heading to a win in a three-way race to Democrat Zack Space.
“Thank you, Ohio,” Faber said via his Twitter feed. “I am honored to be your next Auditor of State!”
Faber was part of a wave of Republicans down the ticket pulling out apparent wins. He was joined by fellow Republicans Robert Sprague (treasurer), Frank LaRose (secretary of state) and Dave Yost (attorney general).
With 94 percent of precincts counted statewide, Faber held 50.4 percent of the votes, ahead of Space’s 45.6 percent and Libertarian Robert C. Coogan’s 4 percent.
Faber found strong support in the region, getting 82 percent of the votes in his home Mercer County, 81 percent in Putnam County, 80 percent in Auglaize County and 69 percent in Allen County.
Sprague, of Findlay, also performed well in the region on his way to winning state treasurer. He had 54 percent of the votes statewide, the largest amount for a state officeholder, compared to Rob Richardson’s 46 percent.
“I’m ready to get started implementing the innovative financial solutions I talked about on the campaign trail so that together, we can create a smarter, stronger and safer future for our families,” Sprague said in a press release.
Sprague had 81 percent of the votes in Putnam County, 80 percent in Auglaize County and 69 percent of in Allen County. He won 74 percent of the votes in his native Hancock County.
For attorney general, Dave Yost earned a promotion from state auditor by getting 53 percent of the votes, topping Steve Dettelbach’s 47 percent.
In the secretary of state race, Frank LaRose had 51 percent of the votes, compared to Democrat Kathleen Clyde’s 46 percent.
In the Supreme Court races, a pair of Democrats picked up victories. Melody J. Stewart beat the incumbent, Mary DeGenaro, 52 percent to 48 percent in the other race. Michael P. Donnelly topped Republican Craig Baldwin, 61 percent to 39 percent.
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