Only 1 candidate in Ohio special primary mandated by law

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Democrats in former House Speaker John Boehner’s (BAY’nurz) Ohio district can cast their votes for the party’s nominee to oppose his Republican successor, but the result is a foregone conclusion.

Former congressional staffer Steve Fought is running unopposed in Tuesday’s special primary, but elections officials in the district’s six counties were required by law to hold a vote. Republican Warren Davidson easily won a June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term over Democrat Corey Foister, and Foister in July abruptly withdrew from the November ballot.

A very light turnout is expected in the GOP-dominated district.

Early voting ballots presumably have already clinched Fought’s nomination, but elections officials will follow the usual procedures and release the results after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. EDT.