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Garrison wins bid to face US Rep. Johnson

May. 06, 2014 @ 10:09 PM

WASHINGTON — An anti-abortion, pro-gun rights Democrat has won her primary in a bid to unseat two-time U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio.

Former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison defeated Democratic primary challenger Gregory Howard, a farmer and community activist.

She now faces Johnson, who was unopposed in the GOP primary.

Garrison has the backing of national Democrats in an Appalachian coal region in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District. That seat is viewed by both parties as competitive this fall, having once been working-class Democratic turf.

The primary was notable for what Garrison stayed away from: President Barack Obama. Garrison says that Obama’s policies won’t help her win.

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