Republican Bill Johnson of Poland will face incumbent Democrat Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville in the November general election for Ohio's 6th District Congressional seat, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's primary.
Johnson took the lead in the 6th District race over Republican challengers Donald Allen of Boardman and Richard Stobbs of Colerain.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson had received 43 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for Allen and 20 percent for Stobbs, according to the Associated Press. Johnson was also a strong favorite in Washington County, with 2,546 voters casting their ballots for him to Allen's 1,459 and Stobbs' 636.
"It was closer than we wanted - everybody wants to win by a large margin," Johnson said of the district-wide vote. "But I think the voters have responded to my message of proven conservative leadership.
"And Jim Renner's
margin in the race against Wilson shouldn't be overlooked," he added. "It says there are big questions for Democratic voters about Wilson's performance."
Charlie Wilson (incumbent) - 2,363.
Jim Renner - 832.
Bill Johnson - 2,546.
Donald Allen - 1,459.
Richard D. Stobbs - 636..
With 97 percent of the precincts reporting statewide, Renner, of North Benton, had taken 30 percent of the district's Democratic vote in the primary.
In Washington County, Wilson took 2,363 votes, or nearly 74 percent, to Renner's 832, or 26 percent of the vote.
Wilson was pleased with the results.
"I'm excited. This is what I was hoping for," he said. "And I think it shows I've voted my district in Congress - voting the way my constituents want."
Wilson admitted he had not been without some apprehension about the primary.
"This is a turbulent time for out country, and I didn't know how much of the vote would be anti-incumbent," he said. "But I always worry and try to vote my district, like voting against the cap-and-trade bill, even though the majority of my party voted for it."
Wilson added that he'll continue his congressional work as he campaigns toward the November election.
"On Thursday, I'm introducing a bill in the House that will provide more transportation, especially for Appalachian veterans, to (Veterans Administration) clinics," he said. "And we're working on banking regulations in the finance committee now, to provide reforms on Wall Street so that taxpayers don't get stuck with the bill again."
Wilson and Johnson will be joined in the general election by Constitution Party candidate Richard E. Cadle of North Jackson and Libertarian Martin J. Elsass, of Columbiana.