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DeWine Wins GOP Senate Primary

May 04, 1994| Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lt. Gov. Michael DeWine handily won the GOP nomination Tuesday for retiring three-term Sen. Howard Metzenbaum's seat, defeating former National Institutes of Health director Bernadine P. Healy.

On the Democratic side, Joel Hyatt, a millionaire lawyer who is Metzenbaum's son-in-law and handpicked choice for successor, held a lead over a woman commissioner who said the Senate needs "more moms."

The Ohio Senate race was being closely watched as one of a handful that could imperil the Democrats' majority in Washington this fall. Democrats hold a 56-44 edge in the Senate but are defending 22 of the 35 seats up for election.

Also in Ohio, state Sen. Rob Burch won the Democratic nomination to challenge popular first-term Republican Gov. George V. Voinovich.

With 79% of precincts reporting in the Ohio Senate race, Hyatt had 341,301 votes, or 47%, to Cuyahoga County Commissioner Mary Boyle's 314,654 votes, or 43%. Columbus businessman Ralph Applegate was trailing.

In the four-way race on the Republican side, DeWine had 351,705 votes, or 53%, to 211,229 votes, or 32%, for Healy. State Sen. Gene Watts and aviation consultant George Rhodes were splitting the balance of the vote.

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