Political newcomer wins GOP nomination to challenge longest-serving woman in the House
JR Majewski won the Republican primary in Ohio’s 9th congressional district and will challenge one of the most senior members of Congress for what was once a secure Democratic seat.
Majewski, an Air Force veteran who painted a giant Donald Trump campaign logo on his lawn during the 2020 presidential election, defeated three other GOP nomination contenders in a hotly contested primary. He can expect help from the larger Republican Party in his bid to bring down Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who was first elected in 1982. Due to the messy redistricting process of Ohio, its former solidly Democratic seat in Cleveland went to a “heads or tails”, according to the Cook’s political report.
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Majewski has no previous political experience and was in the running for the Republican nomination against State Senator Theresa Gavarone and State Representative Craig Riedel. Riedel was the top fundraiser, with $435,000, according to the latest documents filed by the Federal Election Commission. Kaptur raised nearly $1 million in its bid to retain its seat and did not face a primary challenger.
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The Republican National Congressional Committee has added the Kaptur District to its list of dangerous Democratic seats it will target in the 2022 midterm elections. While other incumbents have opted to retire instead of taking up a challenge in an unfamiliar neighborhood, Kaptur said she intends to fight for her seat and continue to support President Joe Biden.
Republicans securing the seat would help the party secure the five districts it needs to claim a majority for the first time since losing in the 2018 midterm elections.