Ohio primaries could signal the mood for the 2022 midterm race
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A pair of special Congressional primaries Tuesday in Ohio could serve as a litmus test for the mood of the Republican and Democratic parties ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
After the crushing defeat of one of his congressional candidates in Texas last week, former President Donald Trump’s influence as kingmaker among Republicans is being tested in the 15th Congressional District of Ohio, in central Ohio.
He backed coal lobbyist Mike Carey among a formidable group of 11 leading GOP candidates for the seat vacated by Republican Steve Stivers in May, while Stivers backed one of three incumbent lawmakers in the race – Rep. State Jeff LaRe – for the job. .
The GOP field also includes the Sens state. Stephanie Kunze and Bob Peterson, who each received key approvals. Ohio Senate Speaker Larry Obhof lent his support to Peterson on Monday.
On the Democratic side, State Representative Allison Russo, a health policy expert, faces Greg Betts, a former army officer and decorated combat veteran, for the nomination.
In the Cleveland area, progressives and centrist Democrats are in fierce competition for the seat of the 11th Congressional District, formerly held by Representative Marcia Fudge, a Democrat who was appointed housing chief of President Joe Biden in March.
Former State Senator Nina Turner, a leading national voice for Bernie Sanders ‘presidential campaigns, is best known among the 13 Democratic primary contenders and Sanders’ choice of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others.
Cuyahoga County Councilor Shontel Brown, a centrist backed by Hillary Clinton, influential House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, several prominent unions and over 100 local leaders have benefited from increased national support in July.
Laverne Gore, business owner, consultant, trainer and community activist, faces off against Felicia Ross, a self-proclaimed “Jane of all trades” in the Republican primary.
The winners of the August primaries will face off in the general election on November 2.