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Wilson loses; Ryan cruises to re-election



Published: Wed, November 3, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.
Race

Congress 6th District

Martin J Elsass
Libertarian
4424 votes
Richard E Cadle
Constitution
4963 votes
Charlie Wilson
Democrat
91039 votes
Bill Johnson
Republican
101580 votes

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U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Poland, R-6th

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Congress 17th District

Jim Graham
Republican
56441 votes
Timothy Ryan
Democrat
100295 votes
James Traficant
Independent
29969 votes

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17)

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

In a race that wasn’t considered competitive by most just a few months ago, Republican Bill Johnson rode the state and national GOP wave defeating two-term U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a Democrat, for the 6th Congressional District seat.

Both candidates had expected a close race, but Johnson was winning by 6 percentage points, 51 percent to 45 percent, with only a handful of precincts in the district not reporting results at deadline.

The results “mirror the sentiment I’ve been hearing in the district,” Johnson said. “The people don’t want politics as usual.”

Once in Congress, Johnson said he plans to repeal the health-care bill, cut taxes and federal spending.

Johnson of Poland, running for office for the first time, beat Wilson of St. Clairsville, a two-term incumbent who’s also run and won four Ohio House races and one state Senate race.

The other candidates were Libertarian Martin J. Elsass of Columbiana and Richard E. Cadle of North Jackson, the Constitution Party nominee.

Mahoning, of which a portion is in the 6th, was one of only three of the district’s 12 counties that went to Wilson, and that was close. With 94.5 percent of the vote counted in Mahoning, Wilson was leading Johnson 48.5 percent to 46.7 percent.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan cruised to an easy victory in the 17th Congressional District race. Ryan, who’ll serve his fifth two-year term, is among only five Ohio Democrats who won their races Tuesday.

“The voters have been paying attention to what we’re doing and the economic successes we’ve had locally even in the midst of a pretty bad recession,” Ryan said.

The 17th District includes portions of Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage and Summit counties.

Ryan, a Democrat from Niles, had little trouble defeating Republican Jim Graham of Cortland and ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland, who ran as an independent.

Traficant, released from federal prison 14 months ago, received only 16 percent of the vote, and finished last in every county but Mahoning.

Even though he represents a heavily Democratic district, Ryan said his victory wasn’t guaranteed.

“You never know because it’s been so volatile the past two years,” he said. “It’s been a volatile political environment. We didn’t know what to expect. You wonder how people will respond, but they saw the big picture and what we are doing.”


Comments

1lovethiscity(139 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

OK...Jimbo. You were a distant third place in a three person race. All you proved is that there are 21033 morons in the district.

Now go away and stay away.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

We will see Johnson! How many roads are you going to fix. Are you going to make the Servants work for less money and benefits? What about you millionaire are you taking benefits from the Public Sector ? Lot of question I know but who are you other than some rich money dog! And though you served in the Military you still must prove yourself. As I look at the Military I haven't seen are military win a war since World War 2. Just a hype thing period. My you can correct me on that war thing,but I see us as losers in all of our police actions wanta be wars!

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3Attis(855 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

wrong lovethispity. There are at least 29,579 of us "morons" in the 17th CD who voted for The Honorable James A. Traficant Jr. You better hope and pray there'll be a lot more of us soon to stop the real morons elected to office from totally dismantling what little is left of our democracy.

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4NYR1(19 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

OK Timmy. Let's see what you do now. You did nothing with your idol Nancy in power. Let's see what you can do now that she is about to get punished by the victors. Hear we go with 2 more years of our area getting abused in every decision out of Washington.

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5lovethiscity(139 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

OK Attis. You are a moron. I will pray for you.

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6AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Attis...I agree with you. Jim knows and understands what the problems of our country are. If the country thinks the same recycled policticians that led us into our current economic mess are the answer, then they are the real morons.

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7crafty(16 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Just goes to show you -- the voters in Mahoning County are stupid. They vote for the familiar name rather than the individual's record. They voted for Ryan, Wilson, Strickland, Sciortino, et al. I'm embarrassed to say I live in Mahoning County with all of the brainless.

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8ojanet22(134 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I can't wait for all these jobs promised by the incoming Repubs!! I'm really looking forward to a career change!

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9Ben_Dover(4 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Looks like Jim has to wait 2 more years for his grand revenge on the IRS. Lucky for us that he can now focus on his Indian casino instead. Maybe he can even make those mysterious Indians actually appear in public, unless it's against their religion to have their pictures taken. In his spare time Jim can wrap up that data center as well. There's plenty of streams around here to water-cool those computers and office machines, so it should be an easy job for SuperJim. Stand by, Jim fans - just take a deep breath and hold it. Before you let it out, your hero will rescue you and arrange soft, high-paying jobs for all of you as a reward for your loyalty. Congrats to everyone who voted for Jimmy the Wig.

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101970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Quote from article: "Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan cruised to an easy victory in the 17th Congressional District race."

What planet is the writer on?!?! Ryan only got 53% of the vote! That is shocking for how entrenched he is.

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11mrblue(963 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Ryan-------you are now going to have to double your efforts for the valley now that the Republicans have the hammer.(Nancy will be gone soon).

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12timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

FairandEqual, You got what you deserve. You could have organized under the Secretary's Union and had your problem covered,but no YOU want YOUR money Now ! And all of it. BAD choice Delphi.You made your bed now sleep in it ! Tell Wilson to move over and shut your eyes.

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13timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

FairandEqual, You got what you deserve. You could have organized under the Secretary's Union and had your problem covered,but no YOU want YOUR money Now ! And all of it. BAD choice Delphi.You made your bed now sleep in it ! Tell Wilson to move over and shut your eyes.

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