Ohio Republican Senate Primary and Other State Elections

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By journalsofus.com

6:06 pm Eastern Time, March 19, 2024

One candidate conceded in Ohio’s 2nd District. He accidentally did it hours before the polls closed.

From CNN’s Jack Forrest

Derek Myers.

From the Derek Myers campaign

If you’ve ever sent the wrong email, take comfort. Republican Derek Myers, who is running for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, preempted his own concession announcement Tuesday and sent a prepared statement accepting defeat, hours before any The results of the elections were published.

An email with the subject line “Derek Myers concedes congressional race” was sent at 3:19 pm ET, and polls don’t close in Ohio until 7:30 pm ET.

Their statement included in the email read, in part: “’Tonight was not as we expected, but as we know, this race is decided in the primary. “I want to congratulate the congressman-elect.” The statement was attributed to Myers “from a private viewing party in Chillicothe, surrounded by 100 of his close friends and supporters.”

It turns out that Myers may not have been surrounded by 100 of his close friends and followers, or at least if he was, it had nothing to do with receiving Tuesday night’s election results. A second email from the Myers campaign was sent less than 10 minutes later to 3:27 pm ET, with the subject “DISCONNECT GRANT EMAIL.”

Myers is running in a crowded Republican primary to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup. The former local journalist and strong supporter of Donald Trump raised more than $20,000, of which $18,000 came from a personal loan. The top three fundraisers in the race, David Taylor, Larry Kidd and Tim O’Hara, raised about $1.8 million, $1.4 million and $1.35 million., respectively.

But Myers’ messages weren’t over yet. In a third email sent at 3:57 p.m., Myers sought to explain the error. She said the campaign prepared two emails, one in case she lost and one if she won.

Myers previously made headlines after filing a police report and House Ethics Complaint last year alleging that then Rep. Jorge Santos made an unwanted sexual advance toward him during a private encounter in his office and was later denied employment there. Santos denied the allegations and said Myers was denied a job after learning that Myers was charged with wiretapping in 2022 after publishing audio recorded by a source in court: the Scioto Valley Guardian, where Myers served as editor and editor-in-chief. reported that those charges have since been dismissed.

In his first mistakenly sent concession email, Myers struck a positive note about his hypothetical loss, saying in part: “I look forward to staying in Ohio politics and working with all Republicans to make Ohio again.” be big!”.

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