Shontel Brown has narrowly won the Democratic primary to exchange former Ohio U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, consistent with a race call from The Associated Press, marking a victory for more moderate Democrats within the closely watched contest. Cleveland area voters chose Brown, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair and a county councilwoman, over Nina Turner, a former Ohio senator and co-chair of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential run, and a bevy of other candidates.
Turner had jumped bent money and early polling lead in Ohio’s 11th district and had broader name recognition. She also secured the endorsements of leftists like Sanders and therefore the so-called Squad, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Cori Bush. Brown, meanwhile, had the backing of multinational favorites, including Hillary Clinton and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.
The seat opened after Fudge was appointed to go to the U.S. Department of Housing and concrete Development. Ohio’s 11th district is traditionally Democratic-leaning, then Brown’s primary win makes it likely that she is going to secure the seat. She’ll face Republican Laverne Gore, who won the GOP primary. Elsewhere in Ohio, voters within the 15th district on Tuesday chose nominees to exchange former Republican Rep. Steve Stivers, who left the seat within the spring to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
The Associated Press called the GOP primary for coal lobbyist Mike Carey, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump. Carey will face the Democratic nominee, state Rep. Allison Russo. The primary win for Carey follows a recent special congressional election in Texas, where Trump’s endorsed candidate lost during runoff to a fellow Republican.