Incumbent U.S. Rep. Zack Space cruised to an easy victory Tuesday to capture the Democratic nomination in Ohio’s 18th Congressional District.
His next opponent will be former Ohio Agricultural Director Fred Dailey who was victorious over three other Republicans seeking to unseat Space.
With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Dailey had received 15,150 votes; Jeannette Moll, 10,952; Paul Phillips, 8,584; and Beau Bromberg 2,812.
Dailey could not be reached for comment early this morning.
Space, meanwhile, bested Democratic challenger Mark Pitrone by a vote total of 76,877 to 14,717. Space is currently serving his first term after being elected to succeed former U.S. Rep. Bob Ney.
‘‘I’m very happy for the turnout, and for the margin of victory,’’ Space said.
He added that it didn’t matter to him which of the Republican challengers he would face in November.
‘‘They’re all basically singing the same song,’’ Space said. ‘‘I look forward to vigorous debate.
‘‘If the people in 18th District want to continue to move ahead with changes in government they began in 2006, they will vote for me. If they wish to return to the previous type of government they had in Washington, they won’t vote for me.’’
Space believes the 2008 campaign will be good for him.
‘‘If I do right, if my heart is in the right place and if I give it my all — that’s the best way to campaign,’’ Space said. ‘‘I believe I have given it my all.’’
He cited the accomplishments he has made in such areas as improving infrastructure, creating jobs and increasing broadband opportunities.
He described his first term in Congress as ‘‘one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.’’
In Ohio’s 95th House District, incumbent Ohio Rep. John Domenick, D-Smithfield, was victorious over former Ohio Rep. Jerry Krupinski, D-Steubenville.
With 70 percent of the vote tabulated, Domenick led with 9,522 votes to Krupinski’s 4,897. Domenick will next face Republican Daniel Jenkins of Mingo Junction in the November general election.
“I am very, very pleased,” Domenick said. “I am very impressed with the fact so many supported me. I think it’s because I reflect who we are — someone who is working hard in Ohio.
“I’m a different character out there, but I realize that.”