Republican Mike Carey won the special election for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District seat Tuesday with 58.42% of the vote as of 11:31 p.m.
Carey has 92,967 votes as of 11:31 p.m. while his Democratic opponent Allison Russo has 66,181 votes. 97.70% of precincts were reporting as of 11:31 p.m. In Athens County, however, Russo led with 62.83% of the vote, whereas Carey had 37.17%. Historically, Athens County, especially the city of Athens, votes Democratically.
The seat was vacated by Republican Steve Stivers on May 16, following his decade-long stint in the position. The elected representative serves to communicate interests of the 15th District, which includes most of Athens County to Madison and Clinton counties, in Congress.
“I think her showing is very strong considering the Republican nature of the district,” John Haseley, chairman of the Athens County Democratic Party, said. “I feel that's reflective of the strong race that she's run and the fact that she's a really strong candidate.”
Pete Couladis said he was surprised at the size of the margin by which Carey won but is pleased with the win. He believes Carey will be questioning many of the Biden administration’s policies, which he deems unnecessary.
Mike Pence, among other national Republican leaders, tweeted messages of congratulations to Carey on his win.
Former President Donald Trump also publicly congratulated Carey on the win.
“I am very proud to have endorsed him early and strongly. He will be a great congressman!” Trump said in a statement.
Russo thanked supporters and staff for her campaign as well as congratulated Carey on his win. In a press release, Russo said she knew winning would be difficult, as Republicans won the seat in 2020 by 27%.
Russo said her fight is just beginning, and she believes the 15th District deserves more congressional leaders who will fight for workers rights, affordable health care and a right to vote.
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