Today's primary election in Ohio is getting plenty of attention. But in case you haven't been watching television, listening to the radio or reading a newspaper during the past two weeks, the GOP presidential hopefuls - former Gov. Mitt Romeny, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, or their supporters have been frantically crisscrossing the state seeking support for their candidacy in today's election.
It could be argued that Ohio is the most important state voting in today's Super Tuesday primary in which the Republican slate of presidential candidates will be vying in 11 states for 419 delegates - 63 from Ohio - which will give the winner a big push toward the nomination. In recent political history, no candidate has won the presidency without winning in Ohio.
However much attention the GOP's presidential race has been garnering - and it has been getting plenty - it is not the only thing being decided today. In Washington County, voters will be deciding which local candidates they want to see on the ballot in November with two county commissioners facing opposition. In addition, Marietta City Schools and Wolf Creek Local are both seeking operation levies to be decided today, along with several other candidates and issues in our area.
The GOP presidential race obviously is the highlight and should bring out a high turnout for the election. We hope everyone who has registered and is eligible to vote will visit the polls today and cast a ballot.
Remember, participatory democracy yields the best results.