U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, will face political newcomer Shawna Roberts of Belmont, a Democrat, this fall in the race for Congress in the 6th District.
Johnson, who has been a member of Congress since 2010, easily defeated his Republican challenger, Robert J. Blazek of Belmont County. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Johnson had 83 percent of the vote in the 18 counties of the 6th District, according to unofficial totals from the Ohio Secretary of State's office.
"I will be working all the way to the finish line in November," he said. "I'm humbled by the voters' support. I'm honored to represent them and will continue to look for opportunities to rebuild our national security and our infrastructure needs in southeastern Ohio."
The district includes all of Carroll, Harrison and Guernsey counties and the southern half of Tuscarawas County.
Roberts also had little difficulty in defeating her Democratic challenger, Werner Lange of Mahoning County. Roberts received 75 percent of the vote, according to unofficial totals from the Secretary of State's office.
"This is my first race, and I am excited and humbled and grateful that the people I have met on the campaign trail have been so wonderful to me," she said. "I am appreciative of them and the people who have helped me."
Roberts said she is undaunted by the fact that she will be facing an incumbent in November.
"It would seem to be an uphill climb, but 2018 is turning out to be an unpredictable year," she said. "It's not certain what's going to happen in November."
Jon Baker is a staff writer for The Times-Reporter.