Wed. 9:15 p.m.: Trump won in Trumbull, Mahoning

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won Trumbull and Mahoning counties and several counties on or near the Ohio River, but his dominance in eastern and southern Ohio wasn’t enough for him to overcome Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Tuesday’s winner-take-all primary.

Trump received about 53 percent of the vote in Trumbull County and about 50 percent in Mahoning County, compared to Kasich, who in Trumbull County won about 34 percent and in Mahoning County, about 37 percent, according to unofficial, incomplete returns from elections boards in the two counties.

In Trumbull and Mahoning counties, GOP leaders said Trump’s victories can be traced back to crossover voters – Democratic and independent voters who cast Republican ballots.

The “Traficant effect,” is what Randy Law, Trumbull County Republican Party chairman, said was the reason for Trump’s great support in Trumbull County.

Read more and see a breakdown of area vote totals in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.