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Jean Schmidt, Ohio GOP Congresswoman, Loses Primary To Brad Wenstrup

Jean Schmidt Primary

By DAN SEWELL   03/07/12 12:09 AM ET  AP

CINCINNATI -- An Iraq war veteran and former contender for Cincinnati mayor has defeated U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt in Ohio's Republican primary.

Schmidt called Army combat surgeon Brad Wenstrup to concede just before midnight Tuesday. Wenstrup held a 6-point lead with 99 percent of precincts reporting in the four-way race.

Democrat William Smith led the Democratic primary to oppose Wenstrup in the southern Ohio district that stretches east from Cincinnati into Appalachia.

Schmidt was first elected in a 2005 special election and is in her fourth term.

Wenstrup was an unsuccessful nominee in the Cincinnati mayoral race in which Democrat Mark Mallory won re-election in 2009. He said he wants to change government, cut spending and empower small businesses.

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