Davidson secures re-election bid; turns focus to immigration reform

Democratic congressional candidate Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., (left) has challenged U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy. Davidson is seeking his second full term in Congress.

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Democratic congressional candidate Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., (left) has challenged U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy. Davidson is seeking his second full term in Congress.

Congressman Warren Davidson said one of the “toughest challenges politically” in the next congressional session will be immigration.

“We need a solution there,” said Davidson, who won re-election to a second term Tuesday night. “Border security is national security. I think that’s going to come out in this election and my hope is that we got close in June — we had 193 Republicans in the House vote for a bill — my hope is that we take the lessons learned from that and create a solution that gets us moving forward on immigration.”

ELECTION RESULTS: Ohio and Butler County races

Davidson received 66.8 percent of the vote Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., according to unofficial election results. But the U.S. House will be lead by Democrats for the next two years making the Republican in the minority. But he said, “It’s not incredibly different.”

“You do the things that you promised people you’d do,” Davidson said. “It’s obviously harder when Democrats control the agenda, but hey, there are things that Democrats campaigned on that are bipartisan. One of my big commitments is don’t bankrupt America and I’ve been encouraged by the number of Democrats who maybe have had an appreciation for the deficit and our debt. So maybe that has somehow shifted to a bipartisan issue and we can get some real result there.”

Davidson was first elected to the seat in 2016 in the race to replace former House speaker John Boehner. The seat has been held by a Republican since redistricting moved the congressional district to Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley in 1970.

Davidson thanked Enoch for running a “strong” campaign.

“I hope she stays engaged,” he said.

Enoch was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Davidson’s 33.6-point unofficial victory is not a surprise as the 8th Congressional District is considered one of the most conservative counties in the Ohio.

The district stretches from the shores of Grand Lake St. Mary’s along its northern borders to just before the northern portion of the Interstate 275 loop in Greater Cincinnati and encompasses all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami and Preble counties and the southernmost portion of Mercer County. An estimated 730,445 people reside within the district.

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