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Wednesday, September 5

OH-5: Gillmor (R) Dead


CNN is reporting that Rep. Paul Gillmor (R) was found dead today. He was 68 years of age.

UPDATE: An aide said that Gillmor was found by staff members who went to his apartment after he failed to show up for work. No word on the cause of death.

Gillmor served in the Ohio Senate for 20 years and was elected Senate President in 1981. He ran for Governor in 1986 but lost to James Rhodes (D). He was first elected to Congress in 1988.

2nd UPDATE: Taegen Goddard quotes an "interconference email" as saying that a special election will be required in the 5th Ohio Congressional District. Also, the emails states that "while Republicans are favored to retain the seat, such an election will likely be costly and an added burden to the GOP."

Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Congressman's family.

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