Chabot Declares Victory Over Schroder in Battle for Greater Cincinnati Congressional Seat

With almost all precincts reporting, Chabot declared victory in his race against challenger Kate Schroder at 11:30 p.m. with a news conference in downtown Cincinnati's Lytle Park.

click to enlarge U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot

Long-tenured U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot has likely prevailed against a tough challenge for his congressional seat by Democrat health care executive Kate Schroder.

Chabot is serving his 24th year as representative in Ohio's 1st Congressional District, which encompasses the western part of Hamilton County and all of Warren County. In the latter, he ran up the score, securing 44,000 votes — 64% of the total.

Schroder more narrowly prevailed in Hamilton County, getting 51.5% of the vote there. But that wasn't enough to overcome Chabot's advantage in Warren County, which gave him a 22,000 vote overall lead in the race.

With almost all precincts reporting, Chabot declared victory in the race at 11:30 p.m. with a news conference in downtown Cincinnati's Lytle Park.

Schroder ran on a platform advocating health care reform. Democrats tried to boost her chances by reminding voters about a campaign scandal that blew up after $123,000 came up missing from Chabot's campaign last year. Chabot has maintained a top staffer stole the money and that he was the victim of theft, not culpable for the lost money.

Chabot's campaign, meanwhile, accused Schroder of supporting what it called far-left policies like the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to boost renewable energy and other efforts to fight climate change. Schroder has denied that she supports that plan.


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