Tuesday, May 04, 2010

GOP voters in Ohio turn back tea party challengers

COLUMBUS, OhioRepublicans chose established candidates over tea party challengers in two statewide races Tuesday, while Democrats picked their lineups as they try to protect a slim majority in the Ohio House come November.

The conservative tea party movement was at the center of an intensely competitive primary for state auditor. In the end, Delaware County prosecutor David Yost, the GOP's chosen candidate, defeated state Rep. Seth Morgan, who was the first big candidate to be endorsed by the newly formed Ohio Tea Party political action committee.

With 67 percent of precincts reporting unofficial results, Yost received 65 percent of the vote, while state Rep. Seth Morgan got 35 percent.

"I think Republican voters opted for judgment and experience," said Yost, who pledged to reach out to tea party voters in the coming months and have a united GOP in the fall................

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