LISBON - Two years after choosing U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson over then incumbent Charlie Wilson, the voters in Ohio's 6th District decided to keep Johnson in the rematch.
In Columbiana County, Johnson was leading with nearly 53.2 percent of the votes with all precincts in.
As of about 10:45 p.m., throughout the rest of the district Johnson had sizable lead of more than 60 percent in his home county of Washington and his largest margin of victory was in Muskingum by 63 percent.
Johnson was leading in 13 counties, while Wilson was leading in his home county of Belmont with 50.6 percent of the votes and 98.6 percent of precincts in. Wilson also was winning in Monroe County with 55 percent of votes with 67.8 percent reporting. Finally, Wilson
was leading in Tuscarawas County where with 96.3 percent of precincts reporting, he had 56.5 percent of the vote.
Wilson previously served two terms as the congressman in the 6th District, elected in 2006 after winning the Democratic primary as a write-in candidate and then defeating Republican Chuck Blasdel. In 2008, Wilson defeated Republican challenger Richard Stobbs.
Johnson defeated Wilson in 2010, a year when many congressional seats swung toward Republicans, giving the GOP an advantage in the House of Representatives.