Ohio Democratic Reps Win Without Party Endorsement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Democratic incumbents in the Ohio House have won their primaries after the state party endorsed their challengers.

Democratic Reps. John Barnes and Bill Patmon of Cleveland had taken heat in their races for breaking with their party on certain votes, though they prevailed in Tuesday’s election.

Barnes faced Jill Zimon, a former city councilwoman in the Cleveland suburbs. Patmon was challenged by Eugene Miller, a former Cleveland city councilman.

Democrats had 13 contested House races, while majority Republicans had almost twice as many.

At least three House incumbents lost primaries: Democrat Zack Milkovich of Barberton and Republicans Peter Beck of Mason and Peter Stautberg of the Cincinnati area.

All five Republican incumbents in the Ohio Senate prevailed over challengers. No sitting Democratic senators had opponents.

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