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Johnson wins 3rd term in U.S. House race

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson defeated Democratic opponent Jennifer Garrison to gain his third term representing southeast Ohio in the U.S. House.

Johnson brought in just more that 60 percent of the votes in Lawrence County. He also beat Garrison in all but one of the 18 counties that comprise the 6th district.

Overall, Johnson got more than 58 percent of the vote.

Johnson is an information technology businessman and retired Air Force officer. He beat out former state Rep. Garrison and Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert on Tuesday.

Democrats recruited Garrison to challenge Johnson, thinking her anti-abortion, pro-gun-rights views could help win back working-class voters who had been backing Republicans in recent elections.

All 16 incumbents in the House race won re-election in Tuesday’s midterm elections. That keeps the delegation at 12 Republicans and four Democrats.

The sweep was expected, with most incumbents holding safe seats after U.S. House districts were redrawn because of population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census.

In partial, unofficial returns, nearly all the incumbents had more than 60 percent of the vote.