GOP’s Davidson wins Ohio race to succeed Boehner

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Republican Warren Davidson is assured of being western Ohio’s congressman for the next seven months, and is likely to be serving for years after that.

Davidson handily won Tuesday’s special election to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner in the 8th House District. Speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to swear him later this week in Washington.

According to unofficial returns, Davidson had 77 percent of the vote with 94 percent of precincts reporting from the six western Ohio counties. Democrat Corey Foister had 21 percent, and Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr. had about 2 percent after a day of light voter turnout.

Davidson will complete Boehner’s term and be odds-on favorite to win the general election for a full term in the next Congress. Ohio’s districts are incumbent-friendly.