Republican Mike Carey wins special election for the US House seat in Ohio’s 15th District

Two special elections in Ohio and one in Florida were held Tuesday to fill vacant seats in the House

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It was a split decision between Democrats and Republicans in two special congressional elections in Ohio - and the parties held primaries in a district in Florida - to fill vacant seats in the House of Representatives.

Republican Mike Carey is the winner of a Special Election for the seat in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, the Associated Press projected on Tuesday night.. 

Carey, a longtime energy lobbyist and the chair of the Ohio Coal Association, defeated Democrat Allison Russo in the race to fill a seat left vacant after longtime Republican Rep. Steve Stivers stepped down in May to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

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Then-President Trump carried the red district – which includes parts of southern Columbus and its suburbs, as well as small cities, towns and rural areas in parts of central and southern Ohio – by 14 points in his reelection defeat last year. 

Though Russo was the clear underdog, she was endorsed by President Biden on the eve of the election, and Democrats saw some hopes of possibly pulling off what would have been a major upset in a district long held by Republicans.

Trump, whose endorsement helped Carey win a contested GOP primary, held a tele-rally for the Republican nominee on the eve of the election.

Mike Carey, right, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District of Ohio, greets voter Sharon Mitchell outside of the Grove City, Ohio, recreation center in Grove City Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.  Carey and Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo are seeking the Columbus-area 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned to lead the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Mike Carey, right, Republican candidate for 15th Congressional District of Ohio, greets voter Sharon Mitchell outside of the Grove City, Ohio, recreation center in Grove City Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.  Carey and Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo are seeking the Columbus-area 15th Congressional District seat held by Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned to lead the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) (AP )

In Ohio’s overwhelmingly blue 11th Congressional District, the Associated Press projected that Democratic Cuyahoga County councilwoman Shontel Brown defeated Republican businesswoman Laverne Gore.

Brown will fill the seat left vacant when longtime Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge stepped down this year after being confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary in Biden’s administration.

Democratic candidate Shontel Brown shares a laugh with people at the Bedford Community Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Brown is running for Ohio's 11th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Democratic candidate Shontel Brown shares a laugh with people at the Bedford Community Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Brown is running for Ohio's 11th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP )

The district, which is predominantly Black, includes large portions of Cleveland and its southern and eastern suburbs, as well as parts of the city of Akron.

In Florida’s heavily blue-leaning 20th congressional district, there's a jam-packed race to fill a House of Representatives seat left vacant following the April death of longtime Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings.

Eleven Democrats are running in their party’s primary, and the winner of the Democratic contest will be considered the overwhelming favorite in the January 11 general election. 

The Associated Press projected that Jason Mariner would win the GOP primary over Greg Musselwhite, who was the Republican nominee who lost to Hastings by 57 points last year.

The district includes most of the majority-Black precincts in and around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, as well as a vast sparsely populated inland area that stretches all the way to the southeastern shores of Lake Okeechobee, including the community of Belle Glade.

A woman walks past a sign directing voters to a polling place, at Sea Castle Elementary School in Miramar, Fla., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Eleven Democrats are on the ballot in Tuesday's primary special election for the seat of Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died in April after suffering from pancreatic cancer.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

A woman walks past a sign directing voters to a polling place, at Sea Castle Elementary School in Miramar, Fla., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Eleven Democrats are on the ballot in Tuesday's primary special election for the seat of Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died in April after suffering from pancreatic cancer.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (AP )

National and state Democrats were critical of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for not setting the primary date until now and the general election until January. 

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Democrats charged DeSantis delayed scheduling the contest in the overwhelmingly blue district in order to cut the Democrats House majority by one seat.