The Latest: GOP's Davidson romps in low-turnout Ohio race

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Posted: Jun 08, 2016 10:50 AM
The Latest: GOP's Davidson romps in low-turnout Ohio race

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the special election in Ohio's U.S. 8th House District (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office says turnout was just below 6 percent for the Tuesday special congressional election to fill former House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) U.S. House seat.

Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says unofficial results show 28,110 ballots were cast in the six western Ohio counties in the congressional district. There were no other races or issues on the ballots.

Republican Warren Davidson totaled 21,537 votes, or 77 percent. Democrat Corey Foister had 5,904 votes, or 21 percent. The Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr. had 604 votes, or 2 percent, in the votes tallied Wednesday morning with all precincts reporting.

Husted says there are 532 outstanding absentee ballots that will be added to the count if they were postmarked by June 6, and 110 provisional ballots will also be counted later.


12:01 a.m.

Republican Warren Davidson is assured of being western Ohio's congressman for the next seven months, and is likely to be serving for years after that.

Davidson handily won Tuesday's special election to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner in the 8th House District. Speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to swear him later this week in Washington.

Davidson had 77 percent of the vote with 94 percent of precincts reporting from the six western Ohio counties, according to unofficial returns. It is Davidson's first election to office, after the Army Ranger veteran topped a 15-candidate primary field in the heavily Republican district Boehner first won in 1990. Davidson, 46, won dual races for the special election and general election nominations.

Democrat Corey Foister had 21 percent, and Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr. had about 2 percent after a day of light voter turnout.