House members facing tough primaries miss Tuesday votes

Multiple House members facing tough primaries in North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday skipped the first votes of the week.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who frequently votes against the leadership, faces former George W. Bush administration official Taylor Griffin. He did not attend Tuesday's votes on two bills considered under suspension of the rules.

Another North Carolina Republican absent Tuesday, Rep. Renee Ellmers, faces a challenge from the right from economic analyst Frank Roche. Roche has particularly criticized Ellmers's openness to immigration reform.

In Ohio, freshman Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) is competing against Ohio state Rep. Matthew Lynch in his primary election. Joyce has the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Defending Main Street super PAC run by former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio). Like Jones and Ellmers, Joyce did not vote on his primary election day.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is not in danger of losing his seat but faces a three-way primary in his district, did return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Boehner spent more than $300,000 in local TV advertising. His tea party challenger J.D. Winteregg drew headlines for airing a campaign advertisement accusing Boehner of "electile dysfunction."

Cameron Joseph contributed.

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