Congressional Primary Elections in Ohio Test Progressive Influence, Trump Clout

Headline Roundup August 3rd, 2021

On Tuesday, two special Congressional primary elections in Ohio will test the influence of progressive Democrats and the clout of former President Donald Trump.  In the traditionally-Democratic 11th District, which includes Cleveland and Akron, Democrat Nina Turner is in a tight race, and is backed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  In the traditionally Republican 15th District south of Columbus, Trump is supporting Republican coal lobbyist Mike Carey.

Winners in both primaries are also expected to prevail in their general election races in November.

 

From the Left
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Elections, Ohio, Special Elections

Ohio voters will pick nominees for vacant House seats today, settling a fight over Democratic Party loyalty in Cleveland and testing the power of Donald Trump’s endorsement in Columbus’s conservative exurbs.

In the 11th Congressional District, which stretches from Cleveland to Akron, former state senator Nina Turner is locked in a bitter fight with Shontel Brown, a Cuyahoga County councilor and chair of the local Democratic Party. Turner, who co-chaired Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) last presidential campaign, entered the race as the best-known candidate, and an ally of the left-wing...

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From the Center
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The left of the Democratic Party is pinning its hopes on a primary victory on Tuesday to ease the pain of some recent disappointments.

Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator who served as a high-profile surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2020 presidential campaign, looks to have the edge to win the Democratic House primary in the state’s 11th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge.

Turner is backed by Sanders — who campaigned for her over the weekend — as well...

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From the Right
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It was a brief truce amid a nasty campaign fight between the two leading candidates in a congressional special election Democratic primary in northern Ohio that’s turned into proxy battle between the party’s establishment and progressive wings.

Nina Turner, a former state senator and a top surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, and Cuyahoga County councilwoman Shontel Brown shook hands as the joined together on stage at a predominantly Black megachurch in suburban Cleveland.

The brief moment of peace came two days before Tuesday’s primary election in the special election in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District,...

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