LIMA — Shannon Freshour appears to be on her way to challenging Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, independent Chris Gibbs and libertarian Steve Perkins for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District seat after winning the Democratic primary against Jeffrey Sites and Mike Larsen.
“Really, I would be honored to battle Jim Jordan in November. I would be honored to fight with everything on the line, and I’ll also be doing it with Jeff and Mike’s support, as they would have my support if they would win, because there is such a need to defeat Jordan,” Freshour said.
With 51.17% of precincts reporting at press time Tuesday night, Freshour had 47.49% of the votes, compared to Sites’ 29.31% and Larsen’s 23.2%.
In another local congressional race, Nick Rubando won the Ohio 5th Congressional Democratic primary race against Gene Redinger and Xavier Carrigan. In November, Rubando will go on to face seven-term incumbent Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green.
“First of all, we feel fantastic. This is great celebration of the work our campaign has put into this. We’ve had a ton of volunteers who believed in our movement and this message for positive change,” Rubando said. “We’re just really excited, and I want to say thank you to all our supporters and those that voted, in general, for being a part of the process.”
Rubando, who was 49.3% of the Democratic votes, also thanked board of election workers for their unique efforts during the first election held during a worldwide pandemic. Gene Redinger finished in second place at 28.4% of the vote, while M. Xavier Carrigan had 22.3%.
Freshour pointed to the potential dangers of Jordan’s stance during the coronavirus pandemic, which she said have shown he puts economic needs over the public’s health and safety.
Jordan has held his seat since winning it in 2006, and he has posted commanding leads against challengers ever since, often winning by 30-point spreads throughout his career. In 2020, Jordan is expected to pose another tough challenge. As of the latest federal election commission filing date of April 8, Jordan’s campaign reported close to $2.6 million cash on hand — an all-time personal high for the candidate.
In comparison, Freshour’s campaign posted total receipts of $534,698 in its latest filing with the FEC.
Jordan’s largest campaign fundraising cycle is in part due to his positive relationship with President Donald Trump. Since Trump took office in 2016, Jordan’s national profile has risen in parallel with Trump’s brand of conservatism, thanks to Jordan’s outspoken views defending the president. Today, he numbers among one of the most influential conservative representatives in Congress.
Freshour said Jordan’s large fundraising totals can be a “double-edged sword” for the congressman. Since Jordan’s profile has risen, much of his fundraising dollars have been earmarked for other conservative campaigns across the country, meaning the amount he can use at home may be much less than what his campaign has reported in total.
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