LISBON - With nearly 70 percent of the polls in up and down the 6th Congressional District, Jennifer Garrison from Marietta had a large lead on Gregory Howard of Albany.
Garrison had received 75 percent of the votes, which should pit her against incumbent Republican Bill Johnson - the person she had her eyes on all along - in the general election this November. In Columbiana County, Garrison won 73 percent of votes.
Garrison said Tuesday after her victory became apparent that she looks "forward to a spirited race with Congressman Johnson." She then added there are a lot of differences between herself and Johnson, and she will be sharing those with voters.
Johnson also currently hails from Marietta, although Garrison called him a "political opportunist" on Tuesday night. She noted he only moved to the district when he decided to run against the former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, whom he defeated in 2010. Johnson also defeated Wilson in a rematch in 2012.
During her time campaigning for the primary race, Garrison said voters in her party shared a frustration with the way things are happening in Washington right now, including some of Johnson's actions. While she said Johnson continues to anger voters by hurting Medicare and was involved in the government shutdown, she said she will be able to make a difference and bring others together.
She believes her history of working with others in the Ohio House and negotiating between energy companies and land owners will make her well suited to get things done in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Garrison agreed Tuesday's victory was only step one or the beginning of step two. She noted she got into the race last July to run against Johnson.
Obviously Garrison's message was well-taken by Democrats throughout the long district. The 6th Congressional District includes all or parts of Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Scioto, Tuscarawas, and Washington counties.