Boehner to face college professor in US House bid

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner will face a college professor this fall in his bid for a 13th term in Congress.

In the Democratic primary, Miami University professor Tom Poetter defeated restaurant supervisor Matthew Guyette for the right to challenge Boehner in Ohio's 8th Congressional District.

Earlier Tuesday evening, Boehner easily beat two tea party challengers in the GOP primary.

Poetter faces a nearly impossible task against Boehner, who is running in a western Ohio district considered to be the state's most Republican. Poetter emphasizes education in his campaign and says Ohio voters deserve a representative who puts interests of constituents above the national GOP.

Boehner's campaign headed into the last month with some $3.3 million available against opponents.

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