The media is once again trying to shape the story by misleading stories on the results of the Ohio 8th with headlines like:
Boehner cruises to easy win in GOP primary
Not much of a primary challenge for Boehner
It's true, John Boehner received 68% of the primary votes in yesterday's election. But what the media isn't telling you about his Tea Party challengers is that not only did they split their vote 3 ways, but they received more combined votes than Democrats in the primary.
Only 16 thousand votes were cast for the two Democrats in the 8th district primary race. The the total number of votes received by Boehner's 3 challengers was a combined 21k votes. So it would seem there are more Tea Party supporters in the Ohio 8th than Democrat supporters. But, it doesn't stop there.
Winteregg alone received more votes than either Democrat, bringing in over 14 thousand himself. In fact, he just barely received less votes than both Democrats combined.
The even bigger story is Beohner's dramatic loss of support among Republican voters. Between the 2012 primary and the 2014 primary Beohner lost roughly 35% of his support. If you go back to the last mid-term election, Boehner's support among the Ohio's GOP dropped by 5%.
This is all while battling 3 complete unknown candidates, one of which dropped out just days before the vote, all with no campaign war chest to speak of.
One can't help but wonder what would have happened if a more experienced conservative candidate took Boehner on.