Hall has 68.6 percent of the early votes while Novak has 31.4 percent with all precincts reporting. There are still late-arriving mail-in ballots and provisional ballots to be counted when the county elections board certifies the election on Nov. 18.
Novak, a Middletown School Board member, and Hall, a Madison Twp. trustee, were seeking to succeed Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, who lost her bid for the Ohio Senate during the spring primary election. The district represents the western and northern parts of Butler County, including Oxford and most of Middletown.