Rep. Shontel Brown Wins Ohio Democratic Primary Election

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Rep. Shontel Brown claimed victory Tuesday (May 3) in Ohio's Democratic primary election. The Cleveland-area Democrat beat out Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner for a second time after securing a win in an August 2021 special election. The two were running to fill a seat vacated by former Rep. Marcia Fudge who now serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

With this primary win, Brown has all but confirmed a full-term seat in the US House of Representatives for the Buckeye State's predominantly Democrat 11th Congressional District. To some, Brown's win comes as no surprise after she was endorsed by President Joe Biden and received major financial backing from pro-Israel groups including the Democratic Majority for Israel and American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

"I don't think anybody is surprised," University of Akron political science professor David Cohen told The Huffington Post. "If a progressive candidate couldn't win during a special election in an open seat, there was no way they were going to pull it out with an incumbent member of Congress."

Additionally, Turner had an uphill battle to unseat an incumbent who largely did not disappoint constituents.

"She's done what she was expected to do," Cohen said of Brown.

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