Five things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries
Two special House primaries in Ohio Tuesday have emerged as potential predictors of whether the centrist or more ideological wings of both the Democratic and Republican parties hold more sway heading into the 2022 midterms.
A special election in a red district near Columbus for the seat vacated by former Rep. Steve Stivers (R) and another in for a blue seat near Cleveland formerly held by now-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge has drawn massive interests from lawmakers and outside groups, making the latest battlegrounds for the civil wars gripping both Republicans and Democrats.
Near Columbus, energy lobbyist Mike Carey is trying to defeat a slate of other Republicans by running mainly on his endorsement from Donald Trump, marking that primary as another early test of the former president’s strength. In the race for Fudge’s old seat, progressive stalwart Nina Turner, a former state senator who shot to national prominence as a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaigns, is looking to hold off Shontel Brown, a local official with the backing of some of the Democratic Party’s most high-profile establishment figures.