- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Voters in western Ohio can compare and contrast the big GOP field of 8th District congressional candidates in a Monday evening forum.

Miami University’s Hamilton campus is hosting the gathering. Organizers say all 15 Republicans competing to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) were invited.

The candidates are running in unusual dual March 15 primary races to nominate for a June 7 special election to complete Boehner’s term and for the general election for a seat in the next Congress.

The race has attracted people of varied backgrounds, most taking hard lines on national security, immigration and against the Washington establishment.

One Democrat and one Green Party candidate are also running.

Boehner resigned last year after first winning the seat in 1990. The district spans six counties.

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