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8th Congressional District

A political newcomer backed by conservative advocacy groups has topped the Republican field running to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner in his GOP-leaning western Ohio district.

Army veteran and businessman Warren Davidson of Troy topped two state legislators in a 15-candidate field in both races: for nomination to complete Boehner's term and for the next Congress. He had 32 percent of the vote with 91 percent of precincts reporting unofficial returns, to 24 percent for state Rep. Tim Derickson and 20 percent for state Sen. Bill Beagle.

Voters choosing a Republican candidate for the 8th congressional district will have to select their candidate twice on March 15.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says one vote on March 15 is for the Special Election to fill Speaker John Boehner’s unexpired term, and the second is the Republican primary for the full two-year term beginning in January 2017.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The western Ohio House seat held for nearly 25 years by former Speaker John Boehner has drawn a packed field of candidates, with many running as maverick outsiders.

Republican voters will choose from 15 candidates running in unusual dual March 15 primary races. People of varied backgrounds are taking hard lines on national security, immigration, and the Washington establishment.

They include two state legislators, business owners, military veterans, a history teacher, a grain elevator worker and a retiree.

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Gov. John Kasich has set the dates for the special primary and election to find Congressman John Boehner’s replacement.

 

According to a news release, Secretary of State Jon Husted directed boards of elections for the counties in the 8th Congressional District to begin preparing.

 

The special primary for the seat will be held March 15 of the next year. It’ll be held in conjunction with the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. The special general election will be June 7.