Trump-endorsed Max Miller Scores a Decisive Win in Ohio’s Seventh District Primary

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    Max Miller, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, was declared the winner of the Ohio Seventh District Primary, scoring more than 70 percent of the votes with 65 percent of the precincts having been reported at around 10:10 P.M. EDT, according to a New York Times tabulation.

    Miller was endorsed by Trump on February 20, 2021, after Miller began his campaign to oust Never Trump Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who was one of the 10 defectors who supported impeaching Trump in the wake of the riot on January 6, 2021. In September, amidst an aggressive and well-funded campaign by Miller, Gonzalez became the first of the Republican impeachment supporters to announce that he was retiring. Trump was elated by Gonzalez's departure from Congress, declaring, “Good riddance to Anthony, he can now get himself a job at ratings-dead CNN or MSDNC!”

    Miller, who was initially a candidate for District 13 but was forced to change districts during his primary campaign due to Ohio's drawn-out redistricting process, was then shifted to the primary for the Seventh District–which changed from red solid to red lean–to compete against the incumbent Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH). In part, because of the redistricting process's rocky nature, Gibbs announced at the last minute that he was retiring in order to clear the way for Miller to win.

    House Republican Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who had supported Miller in the past, issued a joyful announcement following his victory, saying, “I look forward to helping Max across the finish line in November as Republicans earn a historic majority to Fire Nancy Pelosi once and for all and Save America.”

    The National Republican Congressional Committee’s chair, Tom Emmer (R-MN), also issued a statement of congratulations regarding Miller and expressed confidence in his ability to be elected to the House in November. Emmer stated, “Ohioans will reject the Democrat Party's harmful record of skyrocketing inflation, rising crime, and an unmitigated crisis at our southern border, and send Max to Washington.”

    Miller will be competing against Democrat Matthew Diemer, a podcast host who is a first-time political candidate for the presidential election.

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