Democrat to represent Warren County in Congress; GOP incumbents win other races
Nov. 10—A Democrat will represent Ohio's 1st Congressional House District for the first time in nearly a decade and a half, after he defeated the longtime Republican incumbent in the newly redrawn district.
Cincinnati Council member Greg Landsman on Tuesday came out on top in the Congressional race against GOP Rep. Steve Chabot by winning about 52.5% of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Ohio Secretary of State.
Chabot, who gained about 47.5% of the vote, was first elected in 1994 to represent the district, which now includes Warren County and eastern Hamilton County.
Although Chabot went down, four other Republican incumbents in U.S. House Districts that cover local communities in western and southwestern Ohio won big over their Democratic competitors.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Dayton) won an 11th term, while Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) won a ninth term. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Troy) will serve a fourth term in office and Mike Carey was elected to his first full term, according to unofficial results.
Chabot vs Landsman (District 1)
Landsman had a sizable lead early on election night, but the gap closed as more Election Day ballots were counted in the race for House District 1, which experts said leaned slightly Democratic after its boundaries were redrawn.
Chabot was first elected to Congress in 1994, and he won reelection in every cycle since, except in 2008 when he was ousted by a Democrat who rode a blue wave that put Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
Landsman is a former public school teacher who also led a program that seeks to ensure children in Cincinnati can attend quality preschool. He has served on the Cincinnati City Council for five years.
Leading up to the election, Landsman said he wants to restore reproductive rights, preserve democracy by protecting free and fair elections and he wants to put a stop to price gouging at the pump and elsewhere.
On Tuesday night, Landsman said in a statement that, "I knew when I launched this campaign that this was an important fight and the right fight. I believe it even more tonight."
He added, "But our fight doesn't end with this one election. The fight to protect our country and our rights, to build an economy that works for everyone and to end the chaos and extremism that so many of us are tired of goes on."
In a blog post, Chabot, 69, said it has been an honor to serve the community and pointed out that he is the last remaining House member of the 73 Republican freshmen elected in 1994. He said redistricting made his seat tougher to win.
Turner vs Esrati (District 10)
Turner easily defeated Democrat David Esrati, earning 62% of the vote to Esrati's 38%, according to the secretary of state.
Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002 and the former mayor of Dayton has won re-election every cycle since, earning at least 55% of the vote each time.
Turner said he remains focused on local job creation and continued growth at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. On Tuesday, he thanked residents for trusting him to represent their interests in Congress.
"I will continue to advocate for local jobs and small businesses in the community and bolster the capabilities of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as I promote Ohio values in the U.S. House," he said.
District 10 includes Montgomery and Greene counties and now part of Clark County, notably Springfield.
Carey vs Josephson (District 15)
In the District 15 race, Carey finished with about 57% of the vote, compared to 43% for his Democratic challenger Gary Josephson. Carey was the Republican incumbent after winning a special election late last year to replace Steve Stivers, who resigned to take another job.
Carey painted himself as a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment and voter ID laws and he has attacked critical race theory.
District 15 now covers significant chunks of Clark, Miami, Franklin, Shelby and Fayette counties, as well as all of Madison County.
Davidson vs Enoch (District 8)
Rep. Davidson beat Democrat Vanessa Enoch by a 65-35 ratio in the battle for House District 8. This is Davidson's third straight victory over Enoch.
Davidson has called himself a "principled conservative" who is devoted to stopping the "radical left" from imposing its agenda on Ohioans.
The 8th Congressional District, which has long been held by Republicans, covers Darke, Preble, Butler and parts of Miami and Hamilton counties.
Jordan vs Wilson (District 4)
Jordan received 69% of the vote to defeat Democrat Tamie Wilson and will again represent House District 4, which spans a dozen counties in western and central Ohio, including Champaign, and Auglaize counties at the north edge of the Miami Valley.
Jordan has criticized what he has called "out of control" federal spending and illegal immigration and he has vowed to reduce government regulations and make some tax cuts permanent.