COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fourth-term U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has conceded the Republican primary in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District to an Iraq war veteran.
Schmidt issued a statement saying she had phoned Army combat surgeon Brad Wenstrup to congratulate him on his win. Wenstrup was holding a six-point lead with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Below is her statement:
I want to thank everyone who supported me since I became the first woman elected to represent Southern Ohio in Congress in 2005. I want to thank them for their friendship. I want to thank them for their faith in me.
I called Brad Wenstrup to congratulate him, but couldn't reach him. I left a message on his voice mail. I said: "Congratulations. I wish you the best. God bless."
We are Republicans, and we have to move forward in November.
I will continue to work hard through the end of the year to represent the interests and the conservative values of the people of Southern Ohio. I will continue to be their strong voice in our nation's capital.
Three other candidates trailed.
Democrat William Smith was leading the Democratic primary to oppose Wenstrup in the southern Ohio district that stretches east from Cincinnati into Appalachia.
Schmidt was first elected in a 2005 special election to succeed Rob Portman. Portman is now a U.S. senator.
Wenstrup was an unsuccessful nominee in the Cincinnati mayoral race in which Democrat Mark Mallory won re-election in 2009. He said he wants to change government, cut spending and empower small businesses.
"I'm honored that the voters heard our message of change. Change that includes strong, ethical leadership. Change that also includes reforming government, cutting spending and unleashing small business owners so they can create jobs," said Wenstrup in a statement released after his victory.
The 2nd Congressional District includes seven counties and stretches from downtown Cincinnati to Scioto County.
Copyright Copyright AP Modified, Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Kenton County clerk, who comes from a long line of policy-changers and milk farmers, was recently honored for making a difference in…
Political Cocktail's podcast version will alternate on Mondays with the video version of the show. Listen to local political news and…
Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine rejected a summary for a ballot issue to create a “voter bill of rights,” stating it wasn't…
More than 850 candidates have filed with the state or their county clerk’s office for the more than 300 offices on the ballot this year…
WCPO's Northern Kentucky reporter Jessica Noll asks US Senate contender and Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, what issues…
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor thinks changes would lessen voter apathy and may improve quality of judges.
Parents and staff in the Fairfield School District could learn Wednesday whether or not a levy floated in November passed or not.
Cincinnati's charter requires the mayor and City Council to take their oaths of office at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 -- which is a Sunday this year.
Butler County elections officials say the $13.8 million school tax levy, which unofficially passed by a razor thin margin on Nov. 5, has…
A day after Cincinnati voters elected a mayor and a City Council majority opposed to the streetcar, more battles are brewing over the project.