OH15: Stivers Staying Put

January 14, 2010 · 1:53 PM EST

Former state Senator Steve Stivers (R) is continuing his challenge to freshman Cong. Mary Jo Kilroy (D) in Ohio’s 15th District after declining to switch to the race for state Auditor.

Ohio’s current state Auditor, Mary Taylor (R), recently decided to drop her bid for reelection in order to join gubernatorial candidate John Kasich’s (R) ticket as his lieutenant governor. Subsequently, state party officials asked Stivers to run for auditor, but he declined and will continue his run for Congress instead.

In 2008, Kilroy defeated Stivers by less than a percentage point, 45.94%-45.18%.