Three Republicans and two Democrats all vied to make it to the general election in the 9th Congressional District to secure a seat long held by incumbent Marcy Kaptur.
Kaptur, D-Toledo, was the clear winner in the Democratic primary and easily bested Joshua Garcia of Lorain.
The district encompasses five counties and runs from Cleveland to Kaptur’s native Toledo.
Kaptur, 71, who is the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, won easily in every county.
According to unofficial and incomplete election results, Kaptur won 40,208 votes and Garcia received 6,926 votes, or 85 percent to 15 percent.
In Lorain County, Kaptur got 5,862 votes and Garcia 1,485 votes, or about 80 percent to 20 percent.
In a statement after her win, Kaptur thanked the thousands of residents who voted Tuesday.
“Now we will redouble our efforts to share a Democratic vision for job and retirement security, pensions that can’t be taken away, an accessible and affordable health care system, safe schools for our children and a restored Great Lakes ecosystem,” she said. “Ohioans can rest assured I will not stop fighting for our cause and our shared challenges across America’s North Coast.”
Kaptur will face Steven Kraus of Sandusky in November.
The 58-year-old man, who once briefly served in the Ohio General Assembly before a conviction on a felony theft charge, has said Kaptur will be tough to beat. However, he is ready to bring people together and end political divisiveness.
Kraus’ conviction stemmed from his work as an auctioneer and real estate agent. He is seeking a new trial and has self-published a book in which he argues he was wrongfully convicted.
It did not stop him from winning in a three-way race against Keith Colton and W. Benjamin Franklin.
According to the unofficial results, Kraus received 10,098 votes to Colton’s 6,079 votes and Franklin’s 4,228 votes, or 50 percent to 30 percent to 20 percent.
In Lorain County, Kraus got 1,572 votes to Colton’s 927 and Franklin’s 805, or 48 percent to 28 percent to 24 percent.
A call to Kraus Tuesday night was not returned.