WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Ohio has defeated a tea party challenger in a spirited GOP primary.
In Ohio’s 14th district, Joyce won over Matt Lynch, who was backed by the conservative group FreedomWorks for America.
Joyce now faces Cleveland Democrat Michael Wager, who ran unopposed in his primary.
National Democrats view Joyce’s northeast Ohio district as a possible pickup opportunity because of its mix of labor union supporters and white-collar professionals.
During the primary, Joyce sought to rebut criticism from Lynch that he was too moderate, stressing his votes to repeal, replace or delay the federal health care law “at every opportunity.”
Joyce was competing in his first primary. He was appointed to the general election ballot in 2012 after Rep. Steve LaTourette unexpectedly stepped down.