With all-out support from Donald Trump, Ohio Coal Association President Mike Carey emerged triumphant in an 11-candidate Republican House primary in the Columbus-based 15th District.
With near-final results in, Carey had 37% of the vote, followed by party establishment choice State Rep. Jeff LaRe (13.3%), former state Rep. Ron Hood (13.2%), and minister Ruth Edmonds (10%).
Carey’s victory was not only a big one for Trump but a sharp blow to the all-powerful GOP establishment in Franklin County (Columbus). For all but two years since 1966, the district has been in Republican hands, and its GOP U.S. representative has always been the favorite of the party organization.
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