Primary sets up high stakes for fall races in Ohio

JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Tuesday's primary results set up high stakes for fall races for U.S. Senate and a newly drawn U.S. House district along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel claimed the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, as expected. He'll now face Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in a contest that promises to be intense and expensive. Mandel has already raised $4 million toward the fight, and Brown has a similar amount.

Mandel took 49 percent of the vote statewide in a race against five other GOP contenders.

Veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur will face Republican Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher for the chance to represent a new district that stretches from Toledo to Cleveland.

Kaptur beat fellow U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Tuesday's Democratic primary.