GOP incumbents lead in several legislative races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several sitting Republican state lawmakers are leading in their primaries as they seek to keep their seats this fall in the Ohio Statehouse.

Early precinct reporting in Tuesday's election shows three of five GOP incumbents in the Ohio Senate running ahead of their challengers. No sitting Democratic senators have primary opponents.

At least one Republican incumbent in the GOP-led Ohio House was lagging behind his two primary challengers.

With under half of the precincts reporting, Rep. Peter Beck of Mason has about 9 percent of the vote. Candidate Paul Zeltwanger was leading over Mary Jo Kubicki in the southwestern Ohio race.

Beck faces felony charges. He is accused of misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain. He has denied the allegations.

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