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Ohio Right-to-Life backs Joyce's challenger in congressional primary
LaRose also loses the group's backing
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio Right to Life has issued its endorsements for the May primary, and two incumbent Republicans are not on the list.

The anti-abortion group is backing state Rep. Matt Lynch in his challenge of freshman Congressman David Joyce. Joyce won the election in the Northeast Ohio district in 2012 after moderate Republican Steve LaTourette announced he was retiring. 

Lynch is running on a platform focused on religion and conservative values. He’s a supporter of a bill to ban abortion from the time a fetal heartbeat can be heard. 

The state Right-to-Life group also is backing financial planner Caleb Davenport in his challenge of state Sen. Frank LaRose of the Akron area. LaRose voted against Right-to-Life President Mike Gonidakis in 2012 when Gov. Kasich nominated him to sit on the State Medical Board.

The group’s endorsement also went to two Northeast Ohio Democrats: state Rep.  Bill Patmon, who opposes abortion, and Ed Jerse, who was a top administrator for Ed FitzGerald. He’s running for Nina Turner’s open seat.

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