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Club for Growth Goes on Air Ahead Of Ohio, North Carolina Primaries

Ellmers is a top target of the Club for Growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The conservative Club for Growth's political action committee will begin running new ads Tuesday aiming to help candidates in the North Carolina and Ohio Republican primaries.  

While an ad in North Carolina  will try to tear down Rep. Renee Ellmers to boost the Club's endorsed candidate, the group's ad in Ohio  will try to build up Warren Davidson in the 15-way race for the seat Rep. John A. Boehner held before he resigned in October, a spokesman for the group said.  The ad buy is the group's first this cycle in both states. The Club will spend $400,000 in each state for cable, broadcast and online spots for two weeks, a Republican with knowledge of the buys told Roll Call.  

Boehner-Backed Candidate Out of Race to Replace Him

Reynolds was believed to be who Boehner favored to replace him. (Bill Clark/Pool/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds' abrupt withdrawal last week from the 16-way contest to fill the vacancy created by Speaker John A. Boehner’s retirement is another sign of how little conservatives think of the former speaker.

Reynolds was seen as a favorite among the 14 Republicans in the race and was believed to have Boehner's backing. But that didn't work in Reynolds' favor among some conservatives.

Candidates Crowd Into Race to Claim John Boehner’s Seat

There are 16 candidates running to fill Boehner's open seat. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race is on for the open seat created earlier this year when Speaker John A. Boehner left Congress, and there are 16 Ohioans vying to fill that vacancy ahead of the March 15 primary.  

Potential candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to file with Ohio’s boards of election to run for Congress in 2016. The special election for Boehner's 8th  District seat is scheduled  June 7.  

Special Election Date Set for Boehner Replacement

A special election to replace Boehner will be held June 7. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, has set the special election to replace former Speaker John A. Boehner for June 7, 2016, according to The Associated Press.  

A primary for the seat will be held on March 15, which coincides with the Buckeye State's presidential primary.  

John Boehner, David Joyce Clobber Tea Party Challengers (Updated)

Boehner is from Ohio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:32 p.m. |  Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio beat three GOP primary opponents on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the district he has represented for 12 terms.  

Boehner defeated teacher J.D. Winteregg, his most formidable primary opponent in the 8th District race, 74 percent to 15 percent, with just early votes reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

6 Things to Watch in Tuesday's Primaries

Tillis and his wife Susan knock on doors in an upscale Huntersville, N.C., neighborhood north of Charlotte, the evening before the primary election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Primary voters head to the polls Tuesday in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio, marking the first contests in a long series  of contentious Republican battles over the next month .  

In North Carolina, state Speaker Thom Tillis, Dr. Greg Brannon, and Pastor Mark Harris are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in a marquee race that will help determine which party controls the Senate next year.  

John Boehner Gets Democratic Challenger

Boehner has a new challenger. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Miami University of Ohio professor Tom Poetter announced this week that he will challenge Speaker John A. Boehner in Ohio's 8th District, marking the first Democrat to try to oust the top House Republican this cycle.

Poetter, an education professor at Miami University, has also directed the university's Partnership Office, which helps the university reach out to the surrounding community.