OH-15: Kilroy Wins!
by Todd Beeton, Sun Dec 07, 2008 at 03:35:48 PM EST
This race was trending toward Kilroy as more votes were counted so this isn't the most surprising development in the world, but it is certainly a welcome one after seeing way too many close House races go to the Republican.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
Now it's official: Mary Jo Kilroy will be going to Washington as the first Democrat to represent any part of Franklin County in Congress in a generation.
Final vote tallies released this evening by the Franklin County Board of Elections show that Kilroy defeated Republican state Sen. Steve Stivers by 2,311 votes out of 304,053, outside of the 0.5 percent margin to trigger a recount. [...]
"In Washington, I will work together with Democrats, Republicans, and President-elect Obama to tackle the real problems that our community faces. Over the next few days I will be in contact with Rep. Deborah Pryce to begin a smooth transition so that no constituent services are delayed during these tough economic times."
This win is especially sweet for a couple of other reasons. First, Kilroy is a real progressive and will be a great addition to Obama's majority in the House; and second, after seeing Trauner, Brown and Burner suffer their second consecutive defeats, it's nice to see one of our 2006 challengers win this time around.