Kaptur, one of the longest-serving women in the House, was redrawn in a district that President Donald Trump would have narrowly carried, making her one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents. National Republicans weren’t initially thrilled with Majewski’s primary win — he’s closely aligned with the party’s MAGA wing and became famous for painting his lawn into a giant Trump shrine.
But they still booked some TV time in the district and were due to start airing ads to help him next week. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, traveled to the district to campaign with him over the summer.
House Democrats were encouraged that GOP primary voters in several districts chose more conservative candidates over moderates who might have more appeal in a swing seat. Ohio was an example: House Majority PAC, the Democrats’ flagship congressional super PAC, and Kaptur ran ads hammering Majewski for traveling to DC for the Jan. 6 riots and portraying him as anti-police.
Republicans only need five seats to reclaim a majority, and losing a district won’t narrow their path too much. But it’s a disappointment in a district they could have seriously contested with a stronger candidate.
The AP story noted that public records indicate that Majewski, an Air Force veteran, was never deployed to Afghanistan and also misinterpreted his professional career. He had described himself as a “senior executive in the nuclear power industry,” but his employers and a now-deleted LinkedIn resume did not support that claim, the AP reported.