Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) loses primary over Big Debt
In the first upset of 2012, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) lost a primary to Army Reserves Major Brad Wenstrup, a political newbie.(from washingtonpost.com)
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Wenstrup won 49 percent to 43 percent.
Schmidt has represented Ohio’s Cincinnatti-area 2nd district since 2005, when she won a special election against Democratic Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett. She faced a tough primary in 2006 from former Rep. Bob McEwan but has not had a serious challenge from within her party since.
“I’m honored that the voters heard our message of change,” Wenstrup said in a statement. “Change that includes strong, ethical leadership. Change that also includes reforming government, cutting spending and unleashing small business owners so they can create jobs.”
He challenged Schmidt from the right, targeting her votes for raising the debt ceiling.