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Ohio GOP Rep. Bob Gibbs wins three-way primary, to face Ken Harbaugh in general election

Republican Bob Gibbs has defeated two primary challengers as he seeks his fifth term in Congress from Ohio's 7th District

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    Bob Gibbs


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    Ken Harbaugh



Incumbent Bob Gibbs will be facing off against Democrat Ken Harbaugh to represent the people of the 7th Congressional District in November, according to unofficial election results.

Gibbs, R-Lakeville, received 77.97 percent, or 41,941 votes, in his Republican primary against Patrick Quinn’s 11.44 percent, or 6,156 votes, and Terry Robertson’s 10.59 percent, or 5,697 votes.

“I want to thank the Republican voters of the 7th District for their support in today’s primary,” Gibbs said in a statement. “We have made incredible progress in the last year. From historic tax cuts that are growing paychecks to fighting for trade deals that give American workers an opportunity to compete in the global economy, we’re making America a stronger, safer, and more prosperous nation.”

Quinn said fewer than one-sixth of the people living in the district turned out to vote in the election and perhaps if more people had, there wouldn’t be complaints about “the swamp” in Washington, D.C.

“It’s very sad. It’s very, very sad,” he said. “People wonder why there’s a problem with the swamp, but if they’d quit complaining and go out and vote, it could fix it. It’s a sad day for America if you don’t show up to vote.”

According to unofficial numbers, in Lorain County, Gibbs won 76 percent, or 4,466 votes, with Quinn getting 13 percent, or 767 votes, and Robertson securing 11 percent, or 659 votes.

Gibbs said this year represents a real choice for the American people: the “path of prosperity, freedom and safety” or turning “back the clocks and allowing Nancy Pelosi to make good on her threats of raising taxes on American families.”

“I believe the American people and the voters of Ohio’s 7th District will reject the liberal goals of bigger government, higher taxes and fewer opportunities,” he said.

Districtwide, Democrat Harbaugh finished the race with 80 percent, or 23,855 votes, and challenger Patrick Pikus finished with 20 percent, or 5,868 votes. In Lorain County, Harbaugh finished with 83 percent, or 3,696 votes, and Pikus finished with 17 percent, or 751 votes.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Harbaugh said. “Actually, better than pretty good. It’s been great to work with this team and these volunteers, and this win is a compliment to them. It’s also real validation of our strategy of talking with people in their driveways and on their doorsteps about how they’re sick and tired of partisanship and lip service.”

Pikus said he believed Harbaugh, who lives in Avon, would be good for the Democratic Party in the district.

“He’s a good candidate and a good man,” Pikus said.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or Find her on or on Twitter at @KatieHNix.

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