The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Election news

November 2, 2010

LaTourette defeats O’Neill for new term

JEFFERSON — The same foes generated the same unofficial results in Tuesday’s 14th Congressional District balloting.

For the second straight election, U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Bainbridge, brushed aside Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, this time to claim a ninth consecutive term. He also was challenged by John Jelenic of the Libertarian Party.

The 14th District includes all of Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties and portions of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage and Trumbull counties. LaTourette won by wide margins in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties, where final unofficial results were available.

In Ashtabula County, LaTourette received 16,476 ballots, or 56 percent of the votes cast. O’Neill earned 11,506 votes (39 percent) and 1,524 for Jelenic (5 percent).

Margins were even greater in Geauga and Lake counties. Geauga voters gave LaTourette 25,289 unofficial votes, or 70 percent, compared to 9,444 for O’Neill (26 percent) and 1,410 for Jelenic (4 percent). In Lake, voters supported LaTourette with 52,165 votes (68 percent). O’Neill received 21,510 (28 percent) and Jelenic 2,820 (4 percent).

Final results weren’t known late Tuesday night in the other counties, but the incumbent held sizable leads, according to reports. The Associated Press declared LaTourette the winner shortly before 9:30 p.m., less than two hours after polls closed.

During his campaign, LaTourette, who labels himself a fiscally conservative, moderate Republican, said he favors infrastructure spending to spur growth and urged changes to tax laws to spur development in Ohio. O’Neill endorsed tax credits to help small businesses.

The pair differed on health reform, with LaTourette opting for a plan that does not deny people coverage that they now find satisfactory. O’Neill liked the new health program.

LaTourette supported programs that bolstered national security, while O’Neill urged immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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