Ohio Democrat Wins Special Congressional Election

In this May 8, 2006 file photo, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, questions the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections during a meeting in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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CLEVELAND – An Ohio Democrat elected earlier this month to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has also won a special congressional election in Cleveland to fill the final weeks of Tubbs Jones' unexpired term.

Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge, a former aide to Tubbs Jones, was unopposed in Tuesday's election. She had won the full term on Nov. 4.

Entering the House early will give Fudge a seniority edge over the other newly elected members taking office in January. Fudge expects to take the oath of office Wednesday on the House floor.

The 58-year-old Tubbs Jones died Aug. 20 after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.