Ohio Republican primary voters on Tuesday picked congressman Jim Renacci in the U.S. Senate race.
Renacci bested Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons, Marysville small business owner Melissa Ackison, Cincinnati-area financial management company founder Daniel Kiley and retired public administrator Don Eckhart of Galloway. Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez won the 16th congressional district primary on Tuesday, besting State Representative Christina Hagan and physician Michael Grusenmeyer. Gonzalez will face medical sales businesswoman Susan Moran Palmer, who won the six-candidate Democratic primary. Republican State Representative Rick Perales beat challenger Jocelyn Smith in the primary on Tuesday, despite Smith's campaign efforts to exploit their exchange of sexual text messages.Perales acknowledged having a brief, consensual relationship in 2015 with Smith. Smith demanded Perales resign or face more revelations. He refused and filed an extortion charge. He faces Democrat Kim McCarthy in November.