J.R. Majewski defeated three other candidates—including two state lawmakers, Rep. Craig Riedel and Sen. Theresa Gavarone—on May 3 to win the Republican nomination for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. Majewski will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D), first elected in 1982, in the general election on Nov. 8.
In the primary, Majewski led the field with 36% of the vote followed by Riedel with 31% and Gavarone with 29%. A fourth candidate, Beth Deck, received 5% of the vote.
Majewski worked in the nuclear industry in project management positions and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2003. He received endorsements from U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and political consultant Roger Stone.
In a Candidate Connection survey submitted to Ballotpedia, Majewski described himself as “the America First Candidate” and said we would “Bring back good paying American jobs … Maintain a strong national defense and stop the endless wars.” Read Majewski’s full responses here.
Under maps most recently approved during Ohio’s redistricting process, the 9th Congressional District—which race forecasters rated Solid Democratic in 2020—will lean more Republican this year.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the district now has an average margin difference six points more Republican than that of the nation. Race forecasters now describe the general election as a Toss-up.
These new congressional district lines are currently subject to a state lawsuit. On March 29, the Ohio Supreme Court set a schedule for this case in which it expected to review the map plans after the May 3 primaries.