WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A former congressional staffer has clinched the Democratic nomination to challenge former House Speaker John Boehner’s Republican successor in his western Ohio district.
Steve Fought ran unopposed in Tuesday’s special primary in the six-county district. The largest county, Butler, posted results showing Fought receiving 613 votes or 100 percent of the votes there.
The elections director in Butler County, Diane Noonan, told The Associated Press that Fought had 1,429 votes with five of the six counties reporting.
Elections officials were required by law to hold a vote after the March primary winner abruptly withdrew.
Republican Warren Davidson handily won a June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term, defeating Corey Foister. Foister abruptly withdrew from the November ballot in July. Davidson will seek a full term in November in the GOP-dominated district.
An elections official says turnout was “very slow” in the special Democratic primary.
Noonan says some polling stations had no voters at all in the first two-plus hours of voting on Tuesday morning.