Newcomer Surya Yalamanchili won the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District and will meet incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt in the fall.
With nearly all precincts reporting in the sprawling district, Yalamanchili had 40 percent, Madeira businessman David Krikorian 38 percent and Parker, a health administrator from Pike County, had 21 percent.
Krikorian all but conceded the Democratic primary late Tuesday, saying the Hamilton County vote appears to have given the victory to Yalamanchili, a former Procter & Gamble executive who lives in the East End.
“I think we just won,” Yalamanchili told celebrants at Blackfinn in downtown Cincinnati. “Jean Schmidt is going to be a formidable competitor, but I don’t think the task will be as big as the one we just overcame … The next five months will be like the primary on steroids.”
Krikorian blamed his apparent loss on allegations last week that he had made fun of Yalamanchili’s name. He strongly denied the accusations.
“That clearly affected the final outcome,” he said. “That was the difference. We tried to run a very positive campaign, but one of our opponents stooped to the level of playing the race card.”