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  Son’s Loss Could Haunt DeWine
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Last EditedCOSDem  Jun 16, 2005 12:10pm
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After helping to engineer Hamilton County Commissioner Pat DeWine’s (R) defeat in a special House primary Tuesday, conservatives are now focusing attention on his father’s re-election next year — believing that Sen. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) participation in the deal on judicial nominees has left him vulnerable to a primary challenge in 2006.

Social conservatives are incensed at the elder DeWine, and their contempt for the Senator is one of the factors that ultimately contributed to the implosion of Pat DeWine’s bid to win the GOP nod in Tuesday’s special election.

Initially considered the frontrunner in the contest to succeed former Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat DeWine won just 5,455 votes out of a total 45,390 cast (14 percent). Former state Rep. Jean Schmidt was the top Republican vote getter and she is heavily favored to win the seat over attorney Paul Hackett (D) in the Aug. 2 special election.
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