The Latest: “Very slow” turnout in Ohio special primary




WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the special Democratic primary for a U.S. House district in western Ohio (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

An elections official says turnout is "very slow" in the special Democratic primary in former House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) western Ohio district in which there is only one candidate.

Butler County Elections Director Diane Noonan says some polling stations had no voters at all in the first two-plus hours of voting on Tuesday morning.

Former congressional staffer Steve Fought is running unopposed, but elections officials in the 8th District's six counties were required by law to hold a vote. Republican Warren Davidson easily won a June 7 special election to complete Boehner's term over Democrat Corey Foister. Foister abruptly withdrew from the November ballot in July.

Thirty-five-year-old Crystal Dandridge was the first voter at Endeavor Elementary in West Chester Township. She said she wanted to exercise her civic duty.

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6:30 a.m.

Democrats in former House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) Ohio district can cast their votes for the party's nominee to oppose his Republican successor, but the result is a foregone conclusion.

Former congressional staffer Steve Fought is running unopposed in Tuesday's special primary, but elections officials in the district's six counties were required by law to hold a vote. Republican Warren Davidson easily won a June 7 special election to complete Boehner's term over Democrat Corey Foister, and Foister in July abruptly withdrew from the November ballot.

A very light turnout is expected in the GOP-dominated district.

Early voting ballots presumably have already clinched Fought's nomination, but elections officials will follow the usual procedures and release the results after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
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