The Latest: Republican wins special House election in Ohio


WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the special election to fill John Boehner’s congressional seat (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Republican Warren Davidson will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant in Ohio by another Republican — former Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) — after a lop-sided special election victory.

Davidson had some 75 percent of the vote with 30 percent of precincts reporting unofficial returns Tuesday from six counties after a day of light turnout.

Democrat Corey Foister was running second at 22 percent with Jim Condit Jr. third for the Green Party with 3 percent.

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7:50 p.m.

Republican Warren Davidson has jumped to an early lead in the race to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by former Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) in western Ohio.

Polls closed at 7:30. Elections officials reported light turnout during the day for the special election with no other races or issues on the ballots in the six counties in the 8th District.

Unofficial returns show Davidson has 65 percent of the vote, with less than 1 percent of precincts reporting results Tuesday evening in the heavily Republican district. Boehner won the 1990 Republican primary race and went on to hold the seat nearly 25 years before stepping down last year.

Democrat Corey Foister is running second with 32 percent and the Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr., has 3 percent in unofficial returns.

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1:45 p.m.

Turnout so far is low for a special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by former Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) in western Ohio.

Butler County elections director Diane Noonan says turnout was only about 2 percent by late Tuesday morning. There were no voters at a polling station in West Chester Township around 11 a.m.

The secretary of state’s office said Monday nearly 3,600 ballots had been cast early.

Butler is the largest of six counties electing the Boehner successor to fill out his term. The winner will be in a strong position to win the general election for the next full term.

Army veteran and businessman Warren Davidson is the GOP nominee in the heavily Republican district, facing Democrat Corey Foister and Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr.

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6:30 a.m.

Voters in six western Ohio counties will decide Tuesday who will move into the congressional seat left vacant by former House Speaker John Boehner after nearly 25 years.

Republican Warren Davidson won his party’s nomination in the GOP-dominated 8th House District by topping a 15-candidate primary field. Democrat Corey Foister was unopposed, and Jim Condit Jr. was nominated under the Green Party banner.

Tuesday’s winner will complete Boehner’s term and be in a strong position to win the general election for a full term in the next Congress.

The secretary of state’s office said Monday that about 4,200 absentee ballots were requested and nearly 3,600 ballots had been cast early.

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