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Despite Major Losses, Ohio Tea Party Leader Says His Party Was Successful

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

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There were about two dozen Republican incumbents in the Ohio House who faced challenges in yesterday’s primary and five GOP incumbents who faced challengers in their bids to keep their seats.

There were about two dozen Republican incumbents in the Ohio House who faced challenges in yesterday’s primary and five GOP incumbents who faced challengers in their bids to keep their seats. It was the showdown that pitted those who are known as Tea Party conservatives, like the Ohio Citizens PAC, against party endorsed Republicans.

In the end, the Tea Party backed candidates didn’t pick up any state senate seats and they won five of the Ohio House races. But in an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Tom Zawistowski of the Ohio Citizen’s PAC, says he doesn’t think the party came out as winners in the battle when you consider most of those candidates were running for the first time.

“So to anybody who thought we thought we were going to win all of those seats with people who had never won before, were dreaming,” Zawistowski said, “I mean, flat out, we never said that. You know, the Republican party said, flat out, we were not going to win one. We won five. That means we win, they lose.”

Zawistowski says the candidates he backed were outspent by those who were endorsed by the Republican party. He says his candidates also took important spots in local races, including on local and state party committees.

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