Max Miller, a White House and campaign aide under President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary in Ohio's newly drawn 7th Congressional District on Tuesday, NBC News projects.
Miller led the field with more than 70 percent of the vote counted. He faced a trio of primary opponents, none of whom topped 15 percent of the vote.
Miller had initially won Trump's backing when he decided to challenge the 16th District Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio. In September he announced that he would retire rather than seek re-election after the Capitol riot and his broad attempt to overthrow President Joe Biden's victory, which he supported last year's impeachment.
After a long redistricting battle, Miller was drawn into the 7th District in a matchup that featured Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio. In the last month, Gibbs announced he would retire at the end of his term, clearing the way for a Miller victory.
Miller comes from a family of prominent real estate developers in Cleveland. He is accused of physical abuse by former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, his former girlfriend. Miller has denied the allegations and filed a lawsuit accusing her of making libelous, defamatory and false statements.