GOP keeps open US House seat in northeast Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Republicans will hang onto a U.S. House seat in Ohio's northeast corner that opened up after the retirement of a longtime congressman.

Making his first bid for Congress, Geauga County (jee-AW'-guh) Prosecutor David Joyce beat Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard in Tuesday's election.

Republicans chose Joyce to run in Ohio's 14th District after nine-term Republican congressman Steven LaTourette (lah-tuhr-EHT') announced in July he wouldn't seek re-election.

LaTourette says he left Congress because of frustration over political gridlock in Washington.

Joyce has been a county prosecutor in northeast Ohio since 1988. He once was nominated to be U.S. attorney for northern Ohio but did not get the nod.

Blanchard, an accountant, has been running for Congress over the last 12 years.