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The candidate whom former President Trump endorsed defeated a number of candidates in central Ohio to win a special primary election for an open House seat Tuesday.
Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist, handily won against a dozen other primary contenders to run for the seat vacated by former Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), who retired to run for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
The win solidifies Trump’s kingmaker status as Carey was relatively unknown in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
“Great Republican win for Mike Carey. Big numbers! Thank you to Ohio and all of our wonderful American patriots. Congratulations to Mike and his family. He will never let you down!” Trump said in a statement.
Carey acknowledged Trump’s role in the GOP.
“Tonight, Republicans across Ohio’s 15th Congressional District sent a clear message to the nation that President Donald J. Trump is, without a doubt, the leader of our party. I could not be more grateful for his support, and I am proud to deliver this win to advance his America First agenda,” he said in a statement.
Trump’s political groups reportedly spent $350,000 last week on targeted text messages, digital and TV ads backing the energy lobbyist who is now the favorite to win in November.