Odds and ends from Tuesday's election: Trumbull County prosecutor Dennis Watkins led the Democrat ticket among candidates in Trumbull County-wide races.
Watkins received 72,461 votes unofficially, which is about 72 percent of all votes cast in Trumbull County.
Following Watkins are Sheriff Tom Altiere, 71,588; Clerk of Courts Karen Infante Allen, 70,350; Coroner Humphrey Germaniuk, 69,672; Recorder Diana Marchese, 69,318; Treasurer Sam Lamancusa, 69,078; Engineer Randy Smith, 68,416; Commissioner Paul Heltzel, 67,783; and Commissioner Dan Polivka, the only person in the group in a contested race, 59,804.
Among Democrat judicial candidates, Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan received 60,657 votes; Common Pleas Judge-elect Ron Rice, 59,267; Family Court Judge Pam Rintala, 58,817; and Family Court Judge-elect Sandra Stabile Harwood, 38,852.
Harwood ran against Judge Richard James in the only contested countywide judicial race.
There were 99,676 voters.
So that means there were plenty of voters who didn't bother to cast a vote in each of those races.
Called under-voting, it is when a ballot is voted in some offices, but not in others.
I don't know if it's really that big of a deal.
Take Heltzel, for instance. Thirty-two percent of voters did not vote for him, which is the most among unopposed Democrats, but he's not much concerned about it.
Injuries from a car crash hampered his ability to campaign, if he would have even campaigned. Most candidates in unopposed races campaign little, if at all.
And take a look back four years ago, when Heltzel, who had competition in the race for commissioner, led the ticket with 77,944 votes or 71 percent of all votes cast in the county. Then, he had a more visible campaign.
Harwood beating James was a bit of a surprise. Much of the talk before the election was that Harwood would perform well, but James, the incumbent, ultimately would pull off the win.
Harwood did very well in the communities that make up the Ohio House District she represented for eight years, especially in Niles, her hometown, and in Liberty. James won Howland by a lot, but he needed to do much better in Warren, which he won only by about 500, to win the election.
Two hundred thirty-nine write-in ballots were cast for president in Trumbull County in Tuesday's election, which is 0.24 percent of all votes for president here.
But only one counts.
Elections board director Kelly Pallante said just one of those votes was a valid write-in vote for president. It was for Randall Terry and Cathy Lewis.
According to Terry's website, he's ''One of America's Best Known Pro-Life Leaders.'' The site says Terry founded ''Operation Rescue,'' a pro-life activist group in the U.S., and has been arrested nearly 50 times.
In Mahoning County, 276 write-in votes were cast for president, for .23 percent of the vote. As of Friday, none were valid, but staff was still reviewing the ballots.