State House Majority Whip Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), a former state Senate Majority Floor Leader, announced yesterday that he is ending his congressional campaign for the open 16th District. Mr. Patton’s newborn grandson is in a life-threatening situation, thus continuing his run for Congress, he says, would impede upon his family responsibility. Therefore, Rep. Patton will instead seek re-election to his current position in the state legislature. This leaves former Indianapolis Colts and Ohio State University football star Anthony Gonzalez as the leading Republican congressional candidate. He has raised more than $600,000 for the effort, an almost 6:1 ratio over his remaining top competitor, state Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Township). The 16th District is reliably Republican. Four-term Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) is not seeking re-election in order to run for Governor.
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