US Rep Schmidt loses GOP primary to Iraq vet

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Fourth-term U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt has lost the Republican primary in her Cincinnati-area district to an Iraq war veteran.

Schmidt called Army combat surgeon Brad Wenstrup to concede just before midnight Tuesday. He 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.

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.