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Shontel Brown takes OH-11 Democratic primary; Turner concedes

The race between frontrunners Shontel Brown and Nina Turner was especially contentious and attracted national attention
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:32 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 11:31 PM EDT
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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Shontel Brown, a centrist candidate, held off a progressive challenger Tuesday evening to win the Democratic primary race for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District seat.

With 100% of the precincts reporting, Brown led Nina Turner by 4,246 votes, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s unofficial results. Brown won 50.18% of the vote to Turner’s 44.52%.

The Ohio Democratic Party issued a statement congratulating Brown.

“Northeast Ohioans are known for their toughness, grit and determination. It’s no surprise that the election to represent these Ohioans would reflect those same values, especially when the candidates in the race care so deeply about the district and the voters they’re fighting for. And northeast Ohioans have a fighter in Shontel Brown, who we look forward to sending to Congress this November. The Ohio Democratic Party congratulates Shontel as well as the other candidates who ran hard-fought campaigns, all of whom we look forward to working with in the future to deliver results for working families in the 11th District and across Ohio,” wrote party chair Chair Walters.

Turner addressed her supporters to concede the election.

The primary drew national attention and was viewed by many as a proxy war between the Democratic establishment and the party’s more progressive wing.

A total of 13 Democrats ran to replace Marcia Fudge, who left to serve as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. But the race, in a heavily gerrymandered district considered safe for Democrats, largely came down to Brown and Turner.

Brown positioned herself as the “Biden candidate.” Turner enjoyed the support of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the final weeks, national figures descended on Northeast Ohio to rally support for both candidates.

On Sunday, both candidates and their supporters including Sanders and actor Danny Glover and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) attended worship at The Word Church in Warrensville Heights.

Sanders and Glover were supporting Turner; Clyburn supported Brown.

“Politics can be brutal but today these two beautiful back women sat through the entire service and had tears in their eyes as they worshipped,” the church wrote on Facebook. “Tuesday night one of them will be the next Congresswoman of the 11th district of Ohio, but Wednesday both of them will still be beautiful, black, educated, intelligent accomplished Christian women.”

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