A successful write-in campaign means that Joe Deters appeared headed back to the prosecutor’s office in Cincinnati, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The vote caps an extraordinary 10 weeks of scandal and turmoil. Deters led Fanon Rucker, 59 percent to 44 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting. Deters will resign as Ohio’s treasurer and return home to a job he held for nearly seven years in the 1990s. He replaces incumbent Republican prosecutor, Mike Allen, who withdrew in September after admitting to a 3½ -year affair with a female employee who has sued him for sexual harassment. Deters, also a Republican, led Democrat Rucker, a former assistant city prosecutor who had never run for political office, all day.
Deters, 47, and Rucker, 32, both ran as write-in candidates – a first in Hamilton County politics -because they jumped into the race just six weeks ago after Allen dropped out. Rucker criticized Deters for a campaign finance scandal in the treasurer’s office, which resulted in misdemeanor convictions against two Deters’ associates. Deters portrayed Rucker as inexperienced, unqualified, and weak on crime.