Republican Mike Carey is projected to win a special election to replace former Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversGOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Republican Mike Carey wins special election for Ohio House seat MORE (R-Ohio) in Congress, holding on to Ohio’s 15th Congressional District for the GOP.
The Associated Press said Carey, a coal industry lobbyist, had bested Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo on Tuesday. The race largely favored the GOP from the outset, given the district’s Republican tilt. Stivers, the district’s former representative, stepped down from Congress earlier this year to take a job as the president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
But Democrats had hoped to pull off an upset victory, banking on strong support from suburban voters who have drifted toward Democrats in recent years.
While Carey was largely expected to win the Tuesday special election, Republicans are likely to tout the win as a sign of momentum heading into the 2022 midterm elections, when Democrats’ razor-thin congressional majorities will be on the line.
Carey emerged from a crowded GOP primary field in August after securing the support of former President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE, who remains an influential endorser in the Republican Party.
President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head David Weil: Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time Biden's voting rights gamble prompts second-guessing MORE waited until Monday to weigh in on the race, when he offered a last-minute endorsement to Russo.