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Cupp, McColley win GOP races

By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
Republicans on Tuesday nominated Bob Cupp for the 4th District and Robert McColley for 81st District seats in the Ohio House of Representatives.
No results had been posted late Tuesday for a three-way race among write-in candidates for the GOP nomination for the 88th District, representing Sandusky and part of Seneca counties.
4th House District
Cupp, of Lima, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and former state senator, easily won the GOP nomination to represent the 4th House District, which is Allen County.
He garnered 59 percent of the vote, or 5,653 votes, to 3,930 for Kurt Neeper.
Cupp will face Democrat Bo Huenke, of Elida, in November. Either way, the 4th District will have a new state representative. The incumbent, Matt Huffman, R-Lima, is not seeking re-election because of term limits.
81st House District
McColley, a Napoleon attorney and director of economic development for Henry County, drew 62 percent of the vote, or 6,083 votes. His opponent, Jason Rockey of Montpelier, received 3,765 votes.
The 81st House District includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties and the southeastern corner of Fulton County.
McColley will face Democrat John Lymanstall of Napoleon in November.
Republican incumbent Lynn Wachtmann is not seeking re-election.
88th House District
Results were not available late Tuesday from the Sandusky and Seneca County elections boards for the race for the Republican nomination to represent the 88th House District.
Vying for the GOP nomination as write-in candidates were Rhonda Damschroder of Fremont; Richard Geyer of Fremont; and Bill Reineke Jr. of Tiffin.
The district comprises Sandusky County and the southwest corner of Seneca County.
Damschoder is running because her husband, Rep. Rex Damschroder, had a problem with his candidacy petitions and did not get on the ballot.
If Rhonda Damschroder wins the primary, she intends to withdraw. Party officials in the two counties then could name her husband to the November ballot as the Republican candidate.
The Republican nominee will face Democrat William Young of Green Springs in November.
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